I saw this terrific documentary 3 weeks ago in Red Bank. It is STILL PLAYING at the
The Showcase on Cookman Ave. in Asbury Park. Can you believe a documentary staying
in local theaters that long...it must be good.
When I learned it had to do with art/painting/history etc. I cringed. My Dad is a world
reknown art historian, my Mom was into the arts, my 4 siblings are into art and me, the black
sheep, agonized when we were taken to an art museum (seen 'em all). I have a great
memory of going to the Louvre 40 years ago with the family and my Dad insisting that
I give it at least 15 insides look at incredible art before bolting for the gift shop or
going outside to bounce a ball on the stairs,
So this is a documentary about notes computer graphics/inventor guy named
Tim Jenison (new name to me) who is smitten to uncover how an iconic Dutch painter
name Johannes Vermeer (Painted "Girl with a Pearl Earring" - I know from the movie of
the same name starring Scarlett Johanson) could paint such a life like paint that is looked
like a photo 150 years before photography was invented.
Clearly Mr. Jenison had the time, $ and ingenuity to tinker, test and tweak
(this project takes like nearly 10 years). He creates an invention/tool that he thinks
Vemeer might have stumbled upon 300 years earlier and explaiins ifs
amazing painting ability unlike any other.
His journey takes him to English coast where Vermeer would paint, to meet noted
artist David Hockey and even to Buckingham palace where the Queen has a Vermeer.
Directed by famed magician and friendTeller (of Penn and Teller fame) , this was so fascinating
Then he comes back home (Texas) I think Vermeer actually builds at exact historic
replication of the room of the painting to capture all its details.
This painstaking, time consuming, obviously expensive and incredible reproduction
sets the stage for a most fascinating documentary - seriously.
Go see it.