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Achieving the Unachievable (2007)

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An inquiry around the mystery behind the missing hole in M.C. Escher "Print Gallery".

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M.C. Escher is among the most intriguing of artists. In 1956 he challenged the laws of perspective with his graphic Print Gallery, and found himself trapped by an impossible barrier. His uncompleted master-piece quickly became the most puzzling enigma of modern art, for both artists and scientists. Half a century later, mathematician Hendrik Lenstra took everyone by surprise by drawing a fantastic bridge between the intuition of the artist and his own, and completed Escher's work mathematically. This story was made accessible to all audience and most magically presented in this 52-minute film awarded for best visual effects at the 3rd Bangkok Science Film Festival in 2007. Written by J. B.

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17 February 2008 (USA)  »

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Achever l'inachevable  »

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CAD 700,000 (estimated)
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Breathtaking
10 April 2008 | by (France) – See all my reviews

I didn't knew who Escher was, so I didn't expect much when I saw this documentary in Italy. My friend invited at this math fest and I hoped it would not be too bad (I hate math). Now, I don't know what to say except GO see it, get your hand on the DVD if you can. (I tried but it is not out. I want to see it again, and again). The images are simply amazing. I also wonder how animation was able to turn me on too. I don't like computer gadget things, but what I saw there is nothing like what I'm used to see. The people who talk are also quite impressive. Top scientists that turn out to be most funny and real too. Yet it is not the science or the art that got me so enthusiast, but the magic. The fact that human can do that sort of thing. This film is unlike anything I've seen before. I came out of it on a big high, smiling. I'm not sure I understood all the technical stuff. Who cares, I had a feeling of it, and if this is math, then I love math... I also discovered a great artist. I just thought it should have been longer (or a little slower). Anyway, it is my Best film of the year.


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