M.C. Escher: Journey to Infinity: Watch the Free Art Documentary Online (with Voicing from Stephen Fry)

As pre­vi­ous­ly men­tioned here on OC, the film dis­trib­u­tor Kino Lor­ber has been qui­et­ly mak­ing com­plete art films avail­able to stream on YouTube and its own web­site. Last week, they uploaded to YouTube the doc­u­men­tary, Beyond the Vis­i­ble: Hilma Af Klint. This week, they’ve fol­lowed up with M.C. Esch­er: Jour­ney to Infin­i­ty, which they describe as fol­lows:

M.C. Esch­er: Jour­ney To Infin­i­ty is the sto­ry of world famous Dutch graph­ic artist M.C Esch­er (1898–1972). Equal parts his­to­ry, psy­chol­o­gy, and psy­che­delia, Robin Lutz’s enter­tain­ing, eye-open­ing por­trait gives us the man through his own words and images: diary mus­ings, excerpts from lec­tures, cor­re­spon­dence and more are voiced by British actor Stephen Fry, while Escher’s wood­cuts, lith­o­graphs, and oth­er print works appear in both orig­i­nal and play­ful­ly altered form. Two of his sons, George (92) and Jan (80), rem­i­nisce about their par­ents while musi­cian Gra­ham Nash (Cros­by, Stills & Nash) talks about Escher’s redis­cov­ery in the 1970s. The film looks at Escher’s lega­cy: one can see trib­utes to his work in movies, in fic­tion, on posters, on tat­toos, and else­where through­out our cul­ture; indeed, few fine artists of the 20th cen­tu­ry can lay claim to such pop­u­lar appeal.

You can find M.C. Esch­er: Jour­ney to Infin­i­ty list­ed in our col­lec­tion of Free Doc­u­men­taries, a sub­set of our larg­er col­lec­tion 4,000+ Free Movies Online: Great Clas­sics, Indies, Noir, West­erns, Doc­u­men­taries & More.

To watch more free-to-stream Kino Lor­ber films, click here.

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Relat­ed Con­tent

Kino Lor­ber Puts Online 50 Free Films: Watch Clas­sics by Jean-Luc Godard, Derek Jar­man, Tai­ka Wait­i­ti & Oth­er Major Film­mak­ers

Watch Free Cult Films by Stan­ley Kubrick, Fritz Lang, Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi & More on the New Kino Cult Stream­ing Ser­vice

Dozens of M.C. Esch­er Prints Now Dig­i­tized & Put Online by the Boston Pub­lic Library

Watch M.C. Esch­er Make His Final Artis­tic Cre­ation (1971)

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