Watch: Trailer For Acclaimed, Oscar Contending Documentary 'Tim's Vermeer'

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by Kevin Jagernauth
December 30, 2013 2:22 PM
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Try as we might to cover every corner of the film world in a given year, some movies, even as acclaimed as "Tim's Vermeer," for whatever reason manage to escape our grasp but you can bet this is one we'll be catching up with in 2014.

Directed by Teller (yep, one half of the magician duo Penn & Teller), making his feature debut, the documentary tells the tale of one man's obsession with 17th Dutch master painter Johannes VermeerTim Jenison, taken by the Vermeer's ability to "paint with light," sets out to try and unravel how the painter did it, with theory that the artist used a camera obscura (Vermeer was painting roughly 150 years before the invention of photography) to project an image on a canvas. And that's just the start of a fascinating tale of art obsession and passion.

"Tim's Vermeer" opens on January 31, 2014 in limited release. And with the movie on the shortlist for an Oscar nomination, it could be in the final five by then...


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  • Philip | January 1, 2014 3:26 PMReply

    Vermeer had at his disposal all the technology needed to lay out a drawing with respect to perspective and lighting using projecting lenses and mirrors. The basic principles of optics were well understood by his time. The Dutch were instrumental in the development of this technology.

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