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Girl with a Pearl Earring -- Nominated for three Academy Awards, Girl With a Pearl Earring tells the imagined, intriguing and highly seductive story behind one of Vermeer's greatest and most enigmatic paintings.
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Tracy Chevalier (novel)
Olivia Hetreed (screenplay)
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30 January 2004 (USA) See more »
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A young peasant maid working in the house of painter Johannes Vermeer becomes his talented assistant and the model for one of his most famous works. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 18 wins & 40 nominations See more »
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Lyrical perfection if it's the sort of thing that turns you on See more (296 total) »


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Directed by
Peter Webber 
Writing credits
Tracy Chevalier (novel)

Olivia Hetreed (screenplay)

Produced by
Joep Bannenberg .... consulting producer
Bob Bellion .... co-producer
Peter Block .... executive producer
Anna Campeau .... associate producer
Jason Constantine .... co-producer
Jimmy de Brabant .... co-producer
Nick Drake .... executive producer
Philip Erdoes .... executive producer
Matthew T. Gannon .... co-producer
Rebby Gregg .... associate producer
François Ivernel .... executive producer
Daria Jovicic .... executive producer
Cameron McCracken .... executive producer
Tom Ortenberg .... executive producer
Andy Paterson .... producer
Duncan Reid .... executive producer
Guy Tannahill .... line producer
Anand Tucker .... producer
Original Music by
Alexandre Desplat 
Cinematography by
Eduardo Serra (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Kate Evans 
Casting by
Leo Davis 
Production Design by
Ben van Os 
Art Direction by
Christina Schaffer 
Set Decoration by
Cecile Heideman 
Costume Design by
Dien van Straalen 
Makeup Department
Anita Burger .... makeup artist
Aurélie Elich .... crowd hair
Aurélie Elich .... makeup supervisor
René Jordan .... assistant hair stylist
René Jordan .... assistant makeup artist
Claudine Moureaud .... hair assistant
Claudine Moureaud .... makeup assistant
Joël Seiller .... additional hair stylist
Jenny Shircore .... hair designer
Jenny Shircore .... makeup designer
Béatrice Stephany .... hair stylist
Béatrice Stephany .... makeup artist
Production Management
Bénédicte Humbel .... production manager
Jos van der Linden .... production manager
Emma Zee .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alexandre Brown .... additional third assistant director
Ralph Eisenmann .... second assistant director
Sébastien Fernandes Tasch .... daily third assistant director
Sean Guest .... first assistant director
Stefan Magnusson .... third assistant director
Andy Paterson .... second unit director
Beatrice Pettovich .... second assistant director
Jim Probyn .... third assistant director
Julian Stevens .... additional third assistant director: dailies
Art Department
Boris Bartholomäus .... construction manager
Klaus Bienen .... propmaker
Gaspard Blet .... painter
Claudio Campana .... assistant art director
Angela Castro .... scenic painter
Temple Clark .... storyboard artist
Manuel Demoulling .... stand-by props
François Dickes .... props buyer
Thomas Ferrandis .... carpenter
Ricardo Galvao .... art department assistant
Annett 'Gogo' Golinski .... draper
Thierry Houyoux .... painter
Svet Hrouchoff .... carpenter
François Mast .... carpenter
Joel Mast .... carpenter
Graham Mitchell .... carpenter
Edouard Pallardy .... head painter
Barbara Prati .... painter
Stephanie Rass .... art department assistant
Laurent Schuster .... painter
Rosie Stapel .... assistant head painter
Todd Van Hulzen .... set designer
Olivier Wojcik .... scenic painter
Sound Department
Dirk Bombey .... boom operator
Peter Burgis .... foley artist
Arthur Graley .... foley editor
Arthur Graley .... sound editor
Nigel Heath .... sound re-recording mixer
Lewis James .... assistant re-recording mixer
Dan Morgan .... dialogue editor
Jamie Roden .... adr mixer
James Seddon .... dolby consultant
Julian Slater .... supervising sound editor
Carlo Thoss .... production sound mixer
Seppe van Groeningen .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Alain Couty .... special effects coordinator
Clive R. Kay .... special effects contact lenses
Lawrence Michael .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Tim Baxter .... film recording
Charles Darby .... matte paintings
Paul Edwards .... visual effects producer: Cinesite
James Eggleton .... digital I/O support: Cinesite
Oliver Faldo .... digital i/o
Stuart Pitcher .... digital compositor
Dan Victoire .... digital I/O support
Kathy Wise .... digital systems manager
Aviv Yaron .... 2D technical director: Cinesite
Roma O'Connor .... bidding producer (uncredited)
Courtney Vanderslice .... head of production: Cinesite (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Alex Aach .... clapper loader
Benny Ashoff .... focus puller: "b" camera
Jaap Buitendijk .... still photographer
Gilbert Degrand .... best boy
Dieter Depypere .... epk camera operator
Pierre Dermience .... electrician
Kevin Dresse .... electrician
Johnny Feurer .... first assistant camera b-camera
Svet Hrouchoff .... grip assistant
Max Jacoby .... clapper loader: "b" camera
Helder Loureiro Alves Da Silva .... lighting technician
Nunes Neto Ornei .... grip
José Alberto Pinto de Jesus .... electrician
Mike Proudfoot .... camera operator
Mike Roberts .... video assist operator
Alf Tramontin .... Steadicam operator
Alf Tramontin .... camera operator: "b" camera
Tony Turner .... key grip
Wolfgang Wesemann .... assistant camera
Casting Department
Louis Elman .... adr voice casting
Ismael Myke .... extras casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marie-Therese Jacobse .... costume tailor
Vesna Libric .... wardrobe assistant
Magdalena Marczynska .... wardrobe assistant
Jovana Sujdovic .... wardrobe assistant
Aleksandra Valozic .... wardrobe
Marielle Vos .... costume supervisor
Katja Wolf .... daily wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Steve Farman .... negative cutter
Matt Gauci .... avid technical support
Andrew Melhuish .... first assistant editor
Location Management
Joe Kotroczo .... location assistant
Sébastien Peiffer .... location manager
Olivier Printz .... location assistant
Music Department
David Arch .... musician: piano
Sam Okell .... assistant scoring engineer
Transportation Department
Gaby Meyers .... facility/truck driver
Francois Muller .... truck driver
Igor Pecirep .... driver: Tom Wilkinson
Otfried Suppin .... driver
Kevan Willis .... driver: cast
Other crew
Bob Bellion .... financial manager
Peter Brown .... production secretary
Natasha Coombs .... script supervisor
Linda Gamble .... unit publicist
Ambroise Gayet .... production assistant
Charles Howes .... tutor
Andrew Jack .... dialect coach
Paula Jalfon .... production executive
Patricia Kretschmer .... assistant: Mr. de Brabant
Maurice Landsberger .... production accountant
Roberto Longobardi .... production accountant
Richard Morrison .... title designer
Francois Muller .... facilities
Joanne Reichling .... production coordinator
Sarah Trowse .... assistant accountant: Luxembourg
Susan Weeks .... tutor chaperone
Susanna Wyatt .... head of physical production: Pathé Pictures

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Rated PG-13 for some sexual content
100 min
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Although Vermeer and the painting both are real historic figures, the screenplay is based on Tracy Chevalier's novel and therefore largely fictional or hypothetical. Only 36 Vermeer paintings are known to exist today, and none of the models have ever been positively identified. A poster of the painting in her bedroom inspired Chevalier to write her own version of how it came to exist based on the framework of Vermeer's known history. Chevalier sold the film rights and opted not to have any involvement in the film or screenplay, although after its release said she was pleased with the results.See more »
Anachronisms: When Griet poses for the first time in the film (about 30 minutes in) you see her with one hand on the window and with the other holding a water pitcher. This is taken from a painting Johannes Vermeer made in 1662-1663, called: Young Woman with a Water Pitcher, but the film takes place in 1665.See more »
[first lines]
Griet's Mother:Griet! Leave that.
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45 out of 54 people found the following review useful.
Lyrical perfection if it's the sort of thing that turns you on, 20 January 2004
Author: Chris_Docker from United Kingdom

Is this an incredibly dull movie about a single painting - or is it a mesmerising and penetrating insight into art and a particular 17th century Dutch artist? It probably depends on your point of view.

Griet is a poor young girl who goes to work for the great Vermeer as a humble servant. She is pushed around emotionally by his overwrought and jealous wife, mischievous children and all-powerful lustful patron. Yet the biggest force in her life, gradually teasing out her own artistic sensibilities, is the Master himself. Griet becomes the subject of his most famous painting, lured by a mixture of dread and fascination.

For Vermeer the artist, his work is all-consuming. Every part of his world – the welfare of his family, his eccentricities, his whole energy and purpose in life, is concentrated into his work. That is not to say he lacks morals but simply that his work is his higher calling. To justify such a character, we could look to the role of art and its importance. Art can be worshipped for its own sake, like some wicked effigy, and used to excuse all manner of moral turpitude in its creator; or it can be seen as the entrance by which light can enter our soul, illuminate thought and our world in a way that cold logic alone would deny us, move us beyond the bounds of our immediate impressions and let us see the world about us in a new way, inspired and informed.

Griet carries this seed, to see beauty where others see only common place things, and it is a seed that the Master nourishes. There are times when Vermeer protects Griet from the people around he,r to whom she is so vulnerable, but is his concern towards her concern for her welfare, secret desire, or just a tool, an exquisite tool, of his trade?

Cinema is also being part of this artistic spectrum, if we allow it to be, affecting us in ways that let the viewer grow rather than just be entertained. Girl With a Pearl Earring certainly has sufficient integrity to do that, but if one just wanted to be entertained then it probably falls short. The art direction beautifully recreates Holland of the period and Scarlett Johansson gives a very well-tempered performance as young Griet. Costumes, music and overall cinematography are accomplished and haunting without loss of subtlety, producing a memorable film for lovers of art and cinema; but if paintings don't do anything for you, this film might not either.

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