Written February 18, 2014
I attended this movie with an art historian who also found the film interesting. I had not been aware of the camara obscura hypothesis and they made a rather convincing presentation in support of it. Not only was it technically fascinating it was a good movie too. Funny not so funny and the editing and composition of the film itself was superb. Five stars easy.
Written March 03, 2014
It is inspiring when one gets to witness the testing of a theory and the discovery that art embodies science. Tim's journey to answer a question that combines his love and genius at technology with how an artist may have generated some of the loveliest art known to history inspires us all to pursue our dreams. The journey is the destination.
Written March 15, 2014
Although I knew the premise of the movie I did not realize how engaging it would be. Tim Jenisen's efforts to prove his theory about how Vermeer painted were like watching a "murder" mystery unflod. Each step is explained with great detail, humor, and adventure. You are taken on a journey from Texas to London to Holland and back while Tim looks for the solution to one of the Art world's most intriguing mysteries: How did he do that?
This movie is not dry or scholarly. Instead it is a look into a scientific world made very much accessible by the filmmakers. You can get caught up in the quest and by the end you are part of the story left breathless by the discovery. You will enjoy it very much.
Written February 01, 2014
Incredibly well done. Highly informative and entertaining. You'll leave this movie with a greater understanding of Vermeer's artwork and an immense respect for Tim Jenison's passion, intellect, and amazing achievement. kudos to Penn, Teller, and Ziegler for making this film!
Written March 24, 2014
My wife and I enjoyed this film very much because it was different and made us think about the relationship between art and science. I don't think this film will have a wide audience but it will have appeal for anyone with an interest in humanities.
We are so fortunate to live in a world that produces such fine art and science and then have inventive people that have the resources to bring it to us.