The Famous Artworks That Inspired 15 Films

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The work of M. C. Escher and Christopher Nolan’s Inception

Nolan’s mind-bending movie makes clear use of M.C. Escher’s drawings, reminiscent not only in the surreal theme of the film, but also the striking geometric visuals where never-ending staircases seem to lead to infinity (Penrose stairs) and buildings fold onto themselves. These optical illusions are the basis of Nolan’s lucid dream world. Pete Postlethwaite’s character’s name (Maurice Fischer) is also an homage to the Dutch artist (full name, Maurits Cornelis Escher).