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interesting enough for fans of Escher's work

Author: photomac
1 August 2001

Unfortunately, many of the interviews are dry and not exceptionally deep or involved; the cinematography is lackluster, and Escher's prints aren't shown for long enough to let someone unfamiliar with them appreciate them fully. The film is fair enough but seems intended more for people familiar with Escher's work already; I'd have to say that it's not likely to create any fans, though it may pique some curiosity in the mathematical principles behind much of Escher's work.

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Horrible; one of the worst docs I've ever seen

Author: rosie_perera from Canada
25 April 2014

There is very little chronological info that would actually situate Escher in time. Basic factual stuff like when/where was he born is missing. As I recall, only one date was mentioned in the whole film, and it was the date of some conference that one of the interviewees attended when he met Escher.

Most of artwork is shown with a dizzying zooming-in/rotating technique which the filmmaker seems obsessed with. It gets old after a couple of times. Very gimmicky. I'd rather have a chance to look long and hard at the whole piece and then zoom in to see details.

The movie also contains stunningly obvious statements. Escher was influenced by architecture. Duh. Anyone who has seen just one or two of his most famous pieces knows that. And that was supposedly the source of his uniqueness. Like no other artist was ever influenced by architecture?

My friend and I watched it all the way through in spite of how bad it was, because after a while it became fun to laugh at it. Don't waste your time on this, unless you want to show it to a film class to give them an example of how *not* to make a documentary.

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