The Fantastic World of M. C. Escher
This documentary explores the art and life of M. C. Escher
His bizarre renderings of distorted perspectives, visual puns, and optical illusions made him a unique figure in the art world and a pop icon in the 1960s and 1970s. It seemed that an Escher print, with images flowing into one another, adorned most college dormitory rooms. His mesmerizing designs even made their way into the handiwork of South American Indians when his art was shown to them by a Peace Corps worker.
Interviews with friends and a look at his sources of inspiration in Italy and France give insight into the lively mind of this artist. Computer animated re-creations of Escher’s work, along with explanations from mathematicians, help the viewer understand and appreciate the mathematical precision and amazing intricacy of the designs.