Friday, August 1, 2014

Tim's Vermeer (2013)

Director: Teller. 80 min. Rated PG-13. Documentary.

Produced and directed by the famous Penn and Teller magician team, this documentary follows the story of inventor Tim Jennison, who without any painting skills, ventures to discover the painting (or cheating?) techniques of acclaimed Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer (of "Girl with a Pearl Earring" fame), and create an exact replica of one of his works. I guess it wouldn't be spoiling anything if I say whether he succeeds or not, because the film poses a great philosophical question mentioned in Kiarostami's Certified Copy: is a copy of any lesser value compared to the original?

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