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Tracy Chevalier (novel)
Olivia Hetreed (screenplay)
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Release Date:
9 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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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
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 .... focus puller: "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
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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The film was originally slated to star Kate Hudson and Ralph Fiennes and be directed by Mike Newell. Hudson pulled out during pre-production (allegedly because she refused to wear a wimple for the role), which resulted in funding being pulled, and by the time new funding was secured, Newell had to move on to another project. After a director search, Peter Webber was tapped for the job and held auditions for a new female lead. He settled on Kirsten Dunst, who then dropped the project in wake of Spider-Man (2002)'s success. At this point, Fiennes had been waiting so long that he too had to move on to other scheduled projects, and so too became unavailable. Scarlett Johansson and Colin Firth were then cast.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 St. Trinian's (2007)See more »


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41 out of 52 people found the following review useful.
Paintings at an Exhibition, in a Magnificent Contemplative Art Work, 27 February 2005
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

In Delfti, Holland, 1665, the poor seventeen years old Griet (Scarlett Johansson) is hired as a maid in the household of the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer (Colin Firth), to maintain her family. The Vermeer family is supported by the powerful and wealthy commissioner Van Ruijven (Tom Wilkinson), and is totally dependent on the inspiration of master Johannes Vermeer to keep their high standard of living as if they were rich. When Griet arrives in the breast of Vermeer's family, she understands the relation of power among the members of the family and Van Ruijven, and meanwhile, a platonic love and attraction develop between Johannes and her, due to her feelings and perspective relative to his work. "Girl With a Pearl Earring" is a magnificent contemplative art work and a beautiful dramatic romance based on a famous painting, which has this name. It is known that the maid who worked in Vermeer's house was the model and inspiration for such a piece of arts. However, the dramatization, based on an adaptation of Tracy Chevalliers's novel, is a fiction. The reconstitution of Delftt in the Seventeenth Century is amazingly perfect, being based on paintings of that time. Watching this film, the viewer feels as if he or she were seeing paintings at an exhibition, and if he or she pauses the DVD on any scene, will have a magnificent painting on the screen of the TV. The intense performance of the cast and direction are overwhelming, highlighting the spectacular Scarlett Johansson, who is in my opinion, one of the best "new"actress in the cinema industry. Most of the feelings and sensations of the characters are transmitted through the looks and expressions of the actors and actresses. This movie had three Oscar nominations in 2003 (cinematography, art direction and costume design) and two Golden Globe nominations, and is highly recommended to any viewer who appreciates arts. I am a positive fan of movies, I always try to find the beautiful points or entertainment it can offer, instead of looking for destructive parts, like most of the professional critics do, but "Girl With a Pearl Earring" has superseded my uppermost expectations. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "Moça Com Brinco de Pérola" ("Young Woman With Pearl Earring')

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