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Inception

M. C. Escher, Inception

Inspired By: Relativity and Penrose Stairs (M. C. Escher)

M. C. Escher’s brain-bending paintings are a natural port of call for visual designers, and have cropped up in endless TV shows and games. On film his often-surreal inversions of natural laws have been more difficult to use, and aside from a memorable tip of the hat in Labyrinth, Inception is the film that’s made best use of them. In retrospect, of course a film set “within the architecture of the mind” would reference Escher, since his etchings are dream architecture brought to life and given that they can support the film’s twisting perspectives and competing gravity wells.

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1 Nighthawks and The Sting maybe?
When I first saw this picture it reminded me so much of when Hooker (Redford) meets the female assassin posing as a waitress in the cafe. More

Posted by drico on Tuesday June 25, 2013, 11:01

2 Rembrandt?
Ah I see. Too close? More

Posted by annrhoward on Sunday June 23, 2013, 13:52

3 Rembrandt?
What about Peter Greenaway's 'Nightwatching' based on Rembrandt's painting 'The Night Watch' ? More

Posted by annrhoward on Sunday June 23, 2013, 13:51

4 RE:
Clever. Never made that link before :-) More

Posted by DunBirnin on Saturday June 22, 2013, 09:46

5 RE: Lee/Howe
Murray, they were illustrating the same subject matter as the film, so I categorised them with Dali and Spellbound as being too closely involved. More

Posted by Helen OHara on Friday June 21, 2013, 16:35


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