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Tim's Vermeer (2013)

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Inventor Tim Jenison seeks to understand the painting techniques used by Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer.




Penn Jillette, Teller
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Jenison ... Self
Penn Jillette ... Self
Martin Mull ... Self
Philip Steadman Philip Steadman ... Self (as Prof. Philip Steadman)
David Hockney ... Self
Colin Blakemore Colin Blakemore ... Self
Leslie Jenison Leslie Jenison ... Self
Eric Armitage Eric Armitage ... Self
Daniëlle Lokin Daniëlle Lokin ... Self (as Daniélle Lokin)
Bob Groothuis Bob Groothuis ... Self
Ankie Bonnet Ankie Bonnet ... Self
Ruth Steadman Ruth Steadman ... Self
Mike Hayes Mike Hayes ... Self
Nicola Vigini Nicola Vigini ... Self
Graham Toms Graham Toms ... Self


Inventor Tim Jenison seeks to understand the painting techniques used by Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer.

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Rated PG-13 for some strong language | See all certifications »

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It took Tim Jenison five years to finish reproducing the Vermeer painting. See more »


Tim Jenison: 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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Written by Jon Lord, Ian Paice, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover amd Ritchie Blackmore
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The Mind is Greater than the Paint Brush?
1 September 2014 | by ThurstonHungerSee all my reviews

The Penn and Teller imprint makes sense, as this is in part a magic trick. It's also one hell of a documentary, a detective story, an art history lesson, a science project and I don't know, a baby's arm holding an apple? Watched it with my 11 year old twin boys, who've come across Penn & Teller before, but like me they were captivated by Tim. His matter-of-fact approach, and a wizened kindness that is there along with his obsessive engineering mind made him a great character on the screen.

And probably a pretty decent person in real-life. It's nice that he has had enough commercial success in life that he can spend time rather than money, but even he questions the depths of his obsession. (Good thing they had decided to film this early on, as he admits to the camera.) He's certainly a do-er, and to us lazy mere thinkers, that's always impressive to see in action.

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English | Dutch

Release Date:

17 January 2014 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Vermeer's Edge See more »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$49,777, 2 February 2014

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