This vivid portrait explores M.C. Escher's life and imaginative world through his own words and visions. Narrated by Stephen Fry.
Although it's highly probable that M.C. Escher, the visionary graphic artist, needs no introduction, this enlightening portrait is sure to reward enthusiasts and those less familiar with his oeuvre. Escher's artistic universe is explored as if we're seeing it through his own eyes - he 'narrates' the film (voiced by Stephen Fry) via excerpts from his many diaries, letters and notes - and across a cornucopia of his works, many of which have never been shown before. While Escher recounts his life and his constant search to turn his thoughts into visual form and to create the immaculate woodcut prints he could see in his mind's eye, his works float on the screen, animation enhancing their innate movement. His life's journey also takes us to the places, such as Ravello and Rome, or the Alhambra in Granada, which particularly inspired him.
Contributions from two of Escher's elderly sons, among other people, further enrich the profile of this complex and driven man, at times bemused by the vast appreciation his visions on paper engendered and dismayed by the placemats or garish, psychedelic posters they were turned into without his consent, little imagining the enduring influence of his imaginings. - SR
The Netherlands 2018
Director/Producer/Photography: Robin Lutz
In Dutch and English, with English subtitles