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The Fantastic World of M. C. Escher

2.8 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews

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Explores the life and work of the Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher.
Genre: Documentary
Rating: NR
Release Date: 11-APR-2006
Media Type: DVD

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Product Details

  • Actors: M.C. Escher
  • Directors: Michele Emmer
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: April 11, 2006
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EDWLQY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,960 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Fantastic World of M. C. Escher" on IMDb

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By F. Behrens HALL OF FAME on June 11, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
I am glad I viewed Acorn Media's "The Life and Works of M.C. Escher" before this tape. Although the tapes overlap a bit on the biographical details, "The Fascinating World" gives a much deeper insight into Escher's art. Particularly interesting are the analyses of some of his more famous tessellations, made more comprehensible by rotating transparent outlines around pivot points to show how the artist planned his patterns. Particularly interesting is the explanation of his false-perspective prints by Penrose, who claims to have (with his father) given Escher the idea. And wait until you see the three dimensional versions of the "impossible" shapes, one of which showed up in the recent and lamentable "The Avengers" film: the steps that always go up! The only annoying feature is the English narration given over the Dutch and Italian "talking heads," some of which are a drier than needs be; but such is the stuff of documentaries. I strongly suggest every math department in high schools and colleges purchase this tape for geometry classes as well as art departments to give the students a challenge of a different sort.
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The definitive video documentary of M.C. Escher does not exist. Trust me, I've looked. Such a video would portray the graphic artist's life, personality, and psyche convincingly. It would map his creative process, charting change and growth across his lifespan. It would feature friends, family, artists, perceptual scientists, mathematicians and philosophers. It would explain the mathematical gymnastics and perceptual principles underlying fantastic images and illusions. It would show antecedents such as Arabian mosaics or Hogarth's classic frontispiece. It would introduce Escher's contemporaries like Oscar Reutersvard and Roger Penrose, and consider Escher's legacy, as reflected in the art and science of Roger Shepard, Scott Kim, Vladimir Kush, Octavio Ocampo, David MacDonald, Irvine Peacock, Rob Gonsalves, Akiyoshi Kitayoka, and others. And of course, the video would provide original, mind-bending animations that move and act in ways implied by Escher's still images. Without fantastic visuals that go beyond anything that you can find in a book, why would you even need a video presentation? It is important to get this part right because Escher's art ripens with prolonged, deep inspection. Brief video clips deprive Escher's intricate universe of its essence.

Even though I couldn't find my dream documentary on Escher, I found some remarkable products. Moreover, in this age of cannibalized, downloadable internet movies and mash-ups, I was able to find lots of great stuff online and create my own homemade movies that I use in my psychology courses on sensation and perception, and on cognitive psychology.

Three remarkable documentaries are worth a look. The one reviewed here is "The Fantastic World of M.C.
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Format: DVD
This subject deserves a new documentary. The original film appears to have been shot in the 1970's. The image wavers a bit (like film running through a projector). There are also some unnecessary and primitive animated sequences. I would love to see a new high definition overview of the work of M. C. Escher. He was a unique figure in 20th century art and it's about time somebody produced something worthy of the name.
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I am an art teacher and was looking for a good video on Escher. This was not it. I could hardly stay awake watching it; so I definately didn't show it to the students. There were a few pieces of interesting information but there were more photographs and animations of Escher's work with background elevator music. I was looking for an informative video on Escher's life; this was not it.
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I used this with high schoolers and they appreciated it, I love it! I might use some segments with my elementary now. They love trying to figure out his drawings I have around the room.
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