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Last year, Peter
Capaldi starred in Julian Jones’ award winning documentary on Leonardo da Vinci
one of the great scientific and artistic genius ever to have lived. The
film was first aired on Sky ARTS and ARTE only in the UK and France,
but the good news is that now people in the United
States will have a chance to see this gorgeous
documentary when it is available in limited release both in 2D and 3D formats
I myself completely missed this when it came out in the UK (I am very annoyed that I did), so thought
I'd promote it here to my US
readers so they don't miss out like me! However, if you are one of
the unlucky ones who lives somewhere extraordinary like Easter Island (or just plain missed it) and are interested in seeing some bits of the documentary, I suggest
visiting Julian Jones' webpage which features a few very detailed
mini-episodes. Here is the trailer which I was able to watch by right clicking on it and opening in a new tab:
With more than 6,000 pages of handwritten notes and drawings, da Vinci’s private journals are the most comprehensive documents that chronicle the work of the world’s most renowned inventor, philosopher and artist.Using this precious collection of writings and drawings to recount da Vinci’s story in his own words, the film re-creates the mindscape and ideas of mankind’s greatest polymath in 2D and 3D formats. In this particular performance, Peter Capaldi portrays Leonardo, dramatically narrating passages and monologues from his journals, capturing the passion of Leonardo’s genius, his understanding of the natural world, his insights on art and life and his inner fears and torments. The film explores how Leonardo experienced the world around him and in turn, the
film changes the way we see the world today.