Over 250 hours of footage was collected. Director Teller had trouble editing the footage down to feature film length and consider stopping the editing process all together. He consulted his friend Penn on where to go next, and Penn gave him a one sentence plot summary: "A man discovers how to create art without knowing how." This was all Teller needed to get the film down to feature film length. See more »
There's also this modern idea that art and technology must never meet - you know, you go to school for technology or you go to school for art, but never for both... And in the Golden Age, they were one and the same person.
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The whole film is kind of like explaining a magic trick!
'TIM'S VERMEER': Three and a Half Stars (Out of Five)
A documentary from the famous magician team Pen & Teller; focusing on their friend, inventor Tim Jenison, and his attempts to recreate (what he thinks was) the painting methods of the famous artist Johannes Vermeer. The film was directed by Teller, written by Penn Jillette and Teller and produced by Jillete and Farley Ziegler. It also features appearances by people like Martin Mull and David Hockney. I found it to be slow in places but still interesting enough.
Penn Jillette narrates the movie and Teller briefly appears in the film but of course doesn't speak (although I've heard he does in person, after their shows). Their documentary focuses on their friend Tim Jenison, who's an inventor and a big fan of the Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer. The movie is all about his theory on how Vermeer created his paintings (using special lighting and mirrors) and we observe the whole process of Jenison attempting to duplicate one of Vermeer's famous paintings (and confirm his theory).
The movie is only 80 minutes long but it seems a lot longer. It does get pretty dull and methodical as we watch the long detailed process of Jenison trying to recreate a work of Vermeer's. It is amusing though; especially with Jillette narrating (and doing multiple interviews) and Jenison is witty and funny to watch as well. The subject matter is interesting too (but maybe not enough to make a whole feature length movie out of). It's definitely educational though and well made (to a certain extent) and the whole film is kind of like explaining a magic trick (which is fitting coming from Pen & Teller of course).
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