Pictura: An Adventure in Art

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Pictura: An Adventure in Art
Directed by E. A. Dupont
Luciano Emmer
Enrico Gras
Alain Resnais
Robert Hessens
Marc Sorkin
Olga Lipska
Lauro Venturi
Produced by Leonid Kipnis
Herman Starr
Sergio Amidei
Pierre Braunberger
Written by Frederick Kohner
Gaston Diehl
Richard Nickson
George Davis
Starring Vincent Price
Gregory Peck
Henry Fonda
Martin Gabel
Lilli Palmer
Harry Marble
Music by Darius Milhaud
Guy Bernard
Roman Vlad
Lan Adomian
Cinematography Ernest Haller
Edited by Chester Schaeffer
Reine Dorian
Robert S. Robinson
Marc Sorkin
Distributed by The Pictura Company
Release dates
21 December 1951
7 April 1952 (NYC)
Running time
80 min.
Country United States

Pictura: An Adventure in Art (1951) is a documentary film directed by seven famous directors, and narrated by several famous Hollywood actors, including Vincent Price, Gregory Peck, Henry Fonda, Martin Gabel, and Lilli Palmer.[1]

The film attempts to give the general filmgoing public a taste of art history and art appreciation. The film won a Special Award at the Golden Globes in 1952.[2]

List of segments[edit]

  • Prologue: Segment showing Vincent Price talking to art students, directed by E. A. Dupont
  • Part 1: The Lost Paradise by Hieronymus Bosch (1450-1516). Research and Story, Luciano Emmer, Enrico Gras; Producer, Luciano Emmer; Director, Luciano Emmer; Commentary, King James Version of the Old Testament; Music, Roman Vlad; Played by the Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra; Narrator, Vincent Price
  • Part 2: The Legend of St. Ursula by Vittore Carpaccio (1460-1526). Director, Luciano Emmer; Co-Producer, Sergio Amidei; Special Camerawork and Effects, Mario Bava; Screenplay, Richard Nickson; Music, Roman Vlad; Played by the Orchestra of Santa Cecilia Academy in Rome; Conducted by Willy Ferrero; Narrator, Gregory Peck
  • Part 3: Francisco Goya (1746-1828). Producer, Luciano Emmer; Director, Lauro Venturi; Screenplay, Harry Marble; Music, Isaac Albeniz; Guitar, Andrés Segovia; Narrator, Harry Marble
  • Part 4: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1863-1901). Directors, Robert Hessens, Olga Lipska; Producer, Pierre Braunberger; Screenplay, Herman Starr; Music, Guy Bernard; Narrator, Lilli Palmer
  • Part 5: Paul Gauguin (1848-1903). Director, Allan Resnais; Producer, Pierre Braunberger; Research, Gaston Diehl; Music, Darius Milhaud; Narrator, Martin Gabel
  • Part 6: Grant Wood (1892-1942). Director, Marc Sorkin; Producer, Leonid Kipnis; Research, Jules Schwerin; Camera, John Lewis; Music, Lan Adomian; Musical Direction, Jack Shaindlin; Narrator, Henry Fonda


  • "A strange and exciting voyage."


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