Directed By: Robin Lutz
Starring: George Escher, Jan Escher, Stephen Fry
Disclaimer: Kino Lorber has provided me with a copy of this film free of charge for the purposes of review. All opinions contained within are my own honest reflections.
Narrated by Stephen Fry (Gosford Park) the film explores the life, times and genius of artist M.C Escher. Told partly through interviews with Escher's family and also through the writings of the man himself. I was worried that Journey to Infinity would be a dry and dull documentary however, thankfully I was proven wrong. Robin Lutz blends narration by Stephen Fry reading the actual writings and recollections of the man himself with rare interviews with M.C Eschers (at the time) 92 year old son George and actual locales where the man lived, worked and created some of the greatest pieces of art.
Its these blends of narration, interviews and rare photos and of course art that makes this a really engaging journey. You cannot help but we transfixed by the beautiful, even breathtaking locales Lutz captures as we re-trace the artist steps through his life. I really didn't know much about the life and inner-workings of this artist and I thought this did a great job at illuminating his world. The most interesting I learned what he thought about animators like hippie culture and Walt Disney, or how the man would day-dream these complex works of math and art. The film focuses on the political and historical events such as the rise of Hitler and fascism. Journey is in the title and certain director Robin Lutz takes us on a compelling and enthralling journey into the heart and mind of Escher. Fantastic. I also cannot stress just how stunning the locales that Lutz uses. It really helps to totally transport you into the artists world.
Equal parts exciting, somber and engaging, M.C Escher Journey to Infinity is a must-watch for artists and art lovers alike!
Picture: Mostly likely shot in HD, M.C Escher looks great in 1080p. As stated in the review the documentary features locales where the artist lived and worked. And, wow, the new photography for the film looks stunning in HD and captures the beauty in a pristine way. Images have a great depth and clarity.
Sound: Escher has a DTS 2.0 track. Music and dialogue come through nice and robust in a front heavy presentation.
Extras: M.C Escher extras include: Stephen Fry: narrating the film
Making of featurette , Behind the Scenes Stills Gallery, M.C Escher home movies , trailer