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Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003)

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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.

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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 17 wins & 41 nominations. See more awards »

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... Vermeer
... Griet
... Van Ruijven
... Maria Thins
... Pieter
... Catharina
... Tanneke
... Cornelia
Chris McHallem ... Griet's Father
Gabrielle Reidy ... Griet's Mother
... Frans
... Maertge
Anaïs Nepper ... Lisbeth
Melanie Meyfroid ... Aleydis
Nathan Nepper ... Johannes
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This film, adapted from a work of fiction by author Tracy Chevalier, tells a story about the events surrounding the creation of the painting "Girl With a Pearl Earring" by 17th century Dutch master Johannes Vermeer. Little is known about the girl in the painting, it is speculated that she was a maid who lived in the house of the painter along with his family and other servants, though there is no historical evidence. This masterful film attempts to recreate the mysterious girl's life. Griet, played by Scarlett Johansson, is a maid in the house of painter Johannes Vermeer, played by British actor Colin Firth. Vermeer's wealthy patron and sole means of support, Van Ruijven, commissions him to paint Griet with the intent that he will have her for himself before it is finished. She must somehow secretly pose for the crucial painting without the knowledge of Vermeer's wife, avoid Van Ruijven's grasp, and protect herself from the cruel gossip of the world of a 17th century servant. Written by thexotherxchris

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Rated PG-13 for some sexual content | See all certifications »

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30 January 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das Mädchen mit dem Perlenohrring  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£384,498 (United Kingdom), 18 January 2004, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$89,472, 14 December 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$11,634,362, 2 May 2004
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The movie was partially shot on the Venice set that had been built in Luxembourg for Secret Passage (2004). For this movie Venice was modified to become Delft. See more »

Goofs

When Griet and Pieter are walking on a lane in the countryside, in the distance you can see a man riding a bicycle. Bicycles were invented in the 18th century while the film takes place in 1665. See more »

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[first lines]
Griet's Mother: Griet! Leave that.
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Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #18.45 (2010) See more »

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The whole movie was like a painting. A work of art.
7 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

I was fascinated by that movie. Every scene looked like a painting and they perfectly captured Vermeer's light . I also liked the historical references to how Vermeer liked to paint young people so he could work on big surfaces of colour and avoid the shading wrinkles give. The music was beautiful and gave off a Dutch feeling of the 17th century as it should have. The time customs that were mentioned are also a great asset.Griet looked so much like Vermeer's original painting that I thought in a moment that this was real (but of course it couldn't cause back in 17th century were no cameras around :p).It was a perfect movie for someone interested in art. Other might find it a bit tiring but if you are an art lover you definitely have to watch this.


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