I’m a sucker for good documentaries. Regardless of what’s it about.
This past week at the Telluride Film Festival, Penn & Teller’s documentary, “Tim’s Vermeer,” debuted and received some good buzz from movie critics.
“Tim’s Vermeer” is about a Texas based inventor, Tim Jenison, attempting to solve one of the greatest art mysteries of all time: How did Dutch artist, Johannes Vermeer, manage to paint photorealistic paintings back in the 17th century without the use of photography?
In the clip below, courtesy of Toronto International Film Festival, you’ll get a vibe of what the film will be about and you can bet Penn Jillette will make an appearance:
Directed by Teller of Penn & Teller fame, the film follows Tim Jenison, a Texas based inventor, as he attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in all of art: How did 17th century Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer (“Girl with a Pearl Earring”) manage to paint so photo-realistically,150 years before the invention of photography? Jenison’s epic research project ultimately succeeds as he uses 17th century technology — lenses and mirrors — to develop a technique that might have been used by Vermeer, supporting a theory as extraordinary as what he discovers.
Spanning a decade, Jenison’s adventure takes him to Delft, Holland, where Vermeer painted his masterpieces; on a pilgrimage to the North coast of Yorkshire to meet artist David Hockney; and eventually even to Buckingham Palace, to see the Queen’s Vermeer.
“Tim’s Vermeer,” which was directed by Teller and produced by Penn Jillette, hit theaters sometime in 2014.
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