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Tim Jenison, a Texas based inventor, attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in all art:
How did 17th century Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer ("Girl with a Pearl Earring") manage to
paint so photo-realistically -- 150 years before the invention of photography? The epic research
project Jenison embarks on to test his theory is as extraordinary as what he discovers.
Spanning eight years, Jenison's adventure takes him to Delft, Holland, where Vermeer painted
his masterpieces, on a pilgrimage to the North coast of Yorkshire to meet artist David Hockney,
and even to Buckingham Palace to see a Vermeer masterpiece in the collection of the Queen.
Documentary - Although a documentary focused on art, this has a lot of wider appeal
than it sounds due to the approach taken by filmmakers Penn and
Teller, who approach the subject much like their popular long-running
magician act. The R rating is only due to literally a couple of
profanities, so this is actually fairly safe viewing for kids overall,
but they likely won't be interested.