DFT @ Home | M.C. Escher: Journey to Infinity
(Netherlands/2019—directed by Robin Lutz)
Equal parts history, psychology, and psychedelia, Robin Lutz’s entertaining, eye-opening portrait of world-famous Dutch graphic artist M.C Escher (1898-1972) gives us the man and the artist through his own words and images. Diary musings, excerpts from lectures, correspondence and more are voiced by British actor Stephen Fry, while Escher’s woodcuts, lithographs, and other print works appear in both original and playfully animated form. Two of his sons, George (92) and Jan (80), reminisce about their parents, while musician Graham Nash of (of Crosby, Stills & Nash) talks about the excitement surrounding Escher’s rediscovery in the 1970s.
The film looks at Escher’s legacy: one can see tributes to his work in contemporary movies, in fiction, on posters, tattoos, and almost everywhere throughout our culture; indeed, few artists of the 20th century have maintained such near-universal fascination. In Dutch, English, Italian and German, with English subtitles. (81 minutes)
“Mind-boggling! Inventive, wry and enlightening.” – Peter Keough, The Boston Globe
“Witty, touching and illuminating! The animations are uniformly gorgeous, in perfect synch with Escher’s style, and make their points with ease.” –Teller (of Penn & Teller)
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