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The Fantastic World Of M.C. Escher (Art Documentary)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: D     Documentary: B



Dutch artist Maurtis Cornelis Escher (1898 – 1972) is one of unnatural geometric structures and filling them up, including a cross between the natural and unnatural.  Michele Emmer’s 1980 documentary The Fantastic World Of M.C. Escher shows us how mathematics and surreally distorted images and warping that nothing in the image was immune to, had more to it that just the simple twisting of that image.  Faster than you can say DaVinci Code, there is more detail to his work than meets the eye.


That included the idea of advancing the idea of three-dimensional images in as two-dimensional form, but many physical objects followed following the same principles of this design.  The result is an amazing combination of artistic and scientific innovation that includes aesthetics and architecture itself.  Many experts, friends and even his sin are interviewed to tell the full story, but the images speak for themselves.  If you need an immediate reference for his kind of work, just see the cover of the original 1968 version of The Who’s classic Rock Opera album Tommy (1968) on SACD reviewed elsewhere on this site.


The 1.33 X 1 image is interesting, with the artwork looking sharper and clearer than the video or film footage, but it is a decent presentation to go along with the Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono.  There is slight, brief distortion and warping in parts, but the score by the great Ennio Morricone is a plus.  We sadly get no extras, but there is much more to this man’s work than even this fine program offers, but it is a good start for the majority unfamiliar with his amazing accomplishments.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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