Synopsis by Betsy Boyd
Produced by the BBC, Joan Miro: Theatre of Dreams profiles the Spanish painter known for his childlike exuberance and playful abstract images. Ironically, his colorful pieces were often inspired by painful wartime experiences -- specifically, the harshness of Franco's regime. Written and narrated by Miro's longtime friend Roland Penrose, the documentary features conversations between the two. Miro, who belonged to the surrealist school, often began paintings by marking the canvas with a splotch or a stain, which later transformed into a bird, a pretzel-shaped man, or a crooked star. At 85, Miro was still working. Together with Spanish actors he created a theatrical piece. Penrose also captures Miro at his canvas.