Silver Screen Studies
“Silver Screen Studies” is a recurring screening and discussion series that pairs films with special presentations by scholars and cinema experts. Whether you are a seasoned cinephile or just film-curious you’ll enjoy these classics that everyone deserves to see on the big screen.
Special thanks to our series sponsors, Aaron and Andrea West.
The Mystery of Picasso
In 1955, Clouzot joined forces with Picasso to make an entirely new kind of art film, "a film that could capture the moment and the mystery of creativity." Together, they devised an innovative technique: the filmmaker placed his camera behind a semi-transparent surface on which the artist drew with special inks. "The Mystery of Picasso" is exhilarating, mesmerizing, enchanting, and unforgettable.
Preceded by the following short film, in honor of National Native American and Alaska Native Heritage Month:
Fainting Spells (10 minutes), Sky Hopinka (Ho-Chunk/Pechanga Band of Luiseño)
Told through recollections of youth, learning, lore, and departure, this is an imagined myth for the Indian pipe plant used by the Ho-Chunk to revive those who have fainted.