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Film linking Da Vinci's designs with modern innovations shows in Italy

Rome, March, 7 (efe-epa).- A documentary film that juxtaposes Leonardo Da Vinci's sketches of inventions with modern day feats launched in Italy on Thursday, 500 years after his death.

"Leonardo Cinquecento" follows a simple format and compares the codex in which the Renaissance genius recorded his projects with examples of contemporary inventions that echo elements of the Italian's designs.

"This is exactly what we wanted to explain: how 450 years after the death of Leonardo, we managed, for example, to reach the moon," Francesco Invernizzi, director of the documentary told the press at Rome's Foreign Press Association.

"What was an intuition to fly, to study the sky, has taken us to the fringes of the Earth to land on a satellite," he continued.

The film, which has been produced by the Magnitudo Film (Italy) and the Chili (European) production houses, was first screened in Italy in Feb.

Invernizzi's documentary broaches the vast and varied disciplines Da Vinci (1452- 1519) dabbled in.

From military and civil engineering to urban planning, the study of nature, the arts and human anatomy.

Viewers may be surprised to find out that the artist envisaged an "ideal city," with tall buildings and underground streets when diggers were yet to be invented.

Da Vinci's urban utopia bears many similarities to modern cities with subways and tunnels, and streets flanked by high-rise buildings.

Nowadays some people rely on machines to keep them alive, and bionic prosthesis of which contact lenses are the most used globally, a gadget Da Vinci had already anticipated in the 15th century.

Perhaps his most well-known vision was his detailed sketches and notes of a human flying machine powered by a wing-flapping device that would be attached to humans and rely on winds to fly.

The project failed, but what he imagined could be possible through the use of human muscle and winds, five centuries later became a reality with the development of combustion engines.

In the documentary engineers, such as Maurizio Longoni, suggest that the principles of physics that Da Vinci applied have later informed the design of contemporary airplanes.

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