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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.

Director:

Teller

Writers:

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Jenison ... Himself
Penn Jillette ... Himself
Martin Mull ... Himself
Philip Steadman Philip Steadman ... Himself (as Prof. Philip Steadman)
David Hockney ... Himself
Colin Blakemore Colin Blakemore ... Himself
Leslie Jenison Leslie Jenison ... Herself
Eric Armitage Eric Armitage ... Himself
Daniëlle Lokin Daniëlle Lokin ... Herself (as Daniélle Lokin)
Bob Groothuis Bob Groothuis ... Himself
Ankie Bonnet Ankie Bonnet ... Herself
Ruth Steadman Ruth Steadman ... Herself
Mike Hayes Mike Hayes ... Himself
Nicola Vigini Nicola Vigini ... Herself
Graham Toms Graham Toms ... Himself
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Inventor Tim Jenison seeks to understand the painting techniques used by Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

USA

Language:

English | Dutch

Release Date:

3 October 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vermeer's Edge See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$49,777, 2 February 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,662,566, 16 May 2014
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Company Credits

Production Co:

High Delft Pictures See more »
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Color:

Color
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About 2400 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 »

Quotes

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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Referenced in Tim's View of Delft (unconfirmed) See more »

Soundtracks

When I Paint My Masterpiece
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Written and performed by Bob Dylan
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Interesting "home movie" about a man's obsession
3 April 2014 | by mv-at-lastSee all my reviews

This is a fascinating, laid-back look at one man's obsession in figuring out how Vermeer painted so realistically. Whether his conclusion is accurate or not is irrelevant: the film is worth watching to trace his obsessive journey to find "the truth". There is humour in this film and a wonderful cameo from English painter David Hockney. The film has a bit of a home movie feel to it: producer and director Penn & Teller obviously knew Tim Jenison, the movie's subject, and decided his quirky story was worth telling. The film is enhanced by a charming yet unobtrusive musical score, primarily flute and piano.

You know when people tell you to 'follow your dream'? This guy did and entertained us along the way.


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