Art: Speed

"Matisse . . . would have made an extraordinary career in the cinema . . ."

The French film director who said that spoke from experience: he had worked with Painter Matisse on a movie short, A Visit with Henri Matisse, that had Manhattan theatergoers gaping last week.

"The One I've Just Finished." The film begins with routine shots of Matisse's birthplace (Cateau-Cambrésis, in northern France) and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, where he studied. The narrator tells nothing of what makes Matisse one of the greatest painters living. But the moment the...

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