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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 17 wins & 38 nominations See more »
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visually stunning, though lacking in dramatic intensity See more (288 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
Music Department
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
Joe Kotroczo .... location assistant
Patricia Kretschmer .... assistant: Mr. de Brabant
Maurice Landsberger .... production accountant
Roberto Longobardi .... production accountant
Richard Morrison .... title designer
Francois Muller .... facilities
Sébastien Peiffer .... location manager
Olivier Printz .... location assistant
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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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Out of all the animals used in the various scenes, Scarlett Johansson fell in love with one of the cats and named it 'Merkin'. The production went to great lengths to allow her to adopt the cat and arrange it to be transported from Luxembourgh to New York city.See more »
Continuity: When Tanneke is getting ready for the first dinner with Van Ruijven she is greasing up a couple of chickens and gets some grease on her dress. In the next shot there is no grease.See more »
[first lines]
Griet's Mother:Griet! Leave that.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Jeopardy!: Episode #22.19" (2005)See more »


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How do you pronounce Griet?
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84 out of 106 people found the following review useful.
visually stunning, though lacking in dramatic intensity, 20 July 2004
Author: Roland E. Zwick ( from United States

Behind every picture there lies a story, and the film `Girl With a Pearl Earring' purports to give us the inside scoop into the making of Vermeer's classic painting of the same name. In the mid 1600's, a young, illiterate peasant girl named Griet came to live and work as a servant in the home of the promising, yet still financially struggling, Dutch master. Obsessed by her beauty, Vermeer insisted on using her as the subject for one of his works, much to the horror and chagrin of his jealous and shrewish wife. Despite the domestic havoc it caused, the collaboration between artist and subject resulted in one of the genuine masterpieces of the art world.

Visually, this film could not be more stunning. Thanks to luminous cinematography, art direction and costume design, the audience watching this film feels almost as if it has been transported into a Vermeer work. Director Peter Webber recreates every element of that world in loving detail, right down to his choice of actress Scarlett Johansson, who is a dead ringer for the model in the original portrait. Alexandre Desplat's score also captures the lyrical, haunting tenderness of the subject matter.

`Girl With a Pearl Earring' is a very fine movie in many respects, but it is ultimately unsatisfying because it cannot match in content what it achieves in style. Despite the exquisite look of the film, the characters seem strangely underdeveloped, most especially Vermeer himself, who remains frustratingly superficial throughout. Thanks mainly to his taciturn moodiness, we never get to know much of what he is thinking or feeling. The romantic moments between artist and subject are admirably restrained – and thereby all the more erotic in nature – but we do feel as if we would like to know more about him as a person. Griet is only slightly more fully developed, although, in her case, we can at least ascribe this lack of information to the restrictions placed on her by her station in life and the society of her time. Unlike Vermeer, Griet was conditioned by the world around her to be a passive observer. But Vermeer needs to be a more dynamic presence in the story.

One admires the fact that the filmmakers have remained truthful to the spirit of the enterprise, refusing to indulge in cheap melodramatics to make the story more salacious and scandalous than in truth it really was. Yet, in dramatic terms, such integrity comes with a price, for the film often has the effect of lulling rather than stimulating us, of raising our expectations then failing to fully satisfy them. Perhaps, in the case of this particular artwork, the story-behind-the-picture wasn't really all that interesting to begin with.

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