Tim's Vermeer (2013)
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Tim Jenison, a Texas based inventor, (Video Toaster, LightWave, TriCaster) attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in all 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? The epic research project Jenison embarks on to test his theory is as extraordinary as what he discovers. Spanning a decade, Jenison's adventure takes him to Delft, Holland, where Vermeer painted
Jan 31, 2014 Limited
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The movie's painstaking attention to detail certainly puts you in mind of Vermeer's own, but even halfway through its short length it's easy to get restless.
What Tim's Vermeer is really about is two geniuses, of very different sorts, communing across time and space.
The process of putting those three-dimensional objects on canvas in natural light is so fascinating that no one's going to make jokes about watching paint dry - though at one point the film is literally about watching paint dry. And then applying varnish.
Tim's finished Vermeer may resemble the real thing, but Tim's Vermeer never tackles the true mystery of why the latter is actually incomparable.
It's a film about the process of creativity, one that shows just how closely art and science are often intertwined.
As with many good film, it's the destination, not the outcome, that matters, and 'Tim's Vermeer' has the spacious room to allow one to get lost in one man's impressively herculean busy work.
Do we even want to see a movie arguing that the work of one of the greatest artists of all time could be re-created by a dude with some mirrors and no actual ability to paint? I'm not sure. But Tim's Vermeer has more on its mind than that.
A deft and fascinating documentary about art, technology, and the creative spirit.
An original and endearing documentary from Penn & Teller asks the question: How did he do that?
It's sure to please inquiring minds of both left- and right-brained nature.
Even at a fleet 79 minutes, feels a little long. For a while, though, Tim's Vermeer paints a compelling picture of inventor (fellow illusionist and 3-D designer) Tim Jenison as he indulges his peculiar obsession.
An unexpectedly funny and entertaining story, an engaging main character to follow, explores a seemingly dry subject with pizzazz and pop.
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