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Girl with a Pearl Earring ()


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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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Vermeer
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Griet
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Van Ruijven
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Maria Thins
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Pieter
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Catharina
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Tanneke
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Cornelia
Chris McHallem ...
Griet's Father
Gabrielle Reidy ...
Griet's Mother
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Frans
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Maertge
Anaïs Nepper ...
Lisbeth
Melanie Meyfroid ...
Aleydis
Nathan Nepper ...
Johannes
Lola Carpenter ...
Baby Franciscus
Charlotte Carpenter ...
Baby Franciscus
Olivia Chauveau ...
Baby Franciscus
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Paul The Butcher
Virginie Colin ...
Emilie Van Ruijven
Sarah Drews ...
Van Ruijven's Daughter
Christelle Bulckaen ...
Wet Nurse
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Apothecary
Gintare Parulyte ...
Model
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White Haired Woman
Marc Maes ...
Old Gentleman
Robert Sibenaler ...
Priest (as Pere Robert Sibenaler)
Dustin James ...
Servant 1
Joe Reavis ...
Servant 2
Martin Serene ...
Sergeant
Chris Kelly ...
Gay Blade
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Leslie Woodhall ...
Neighbour (uncredited)

Directed by

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Peter Webber

Written by

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Tracy Chevalier ... (novel)
 
Olivia Hetreed ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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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

Music by

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Alexandre Desplat

Cinematography by

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Eduardo Serra ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Kate Evans

Editorial Department

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Steve Farman ... negative cutter
Matt Gauci ... avid technical support
Andrew Melhuish ... first assistant editor

Casting By

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Leo Davis

Production Design by

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Ben van Os

Art Direction by

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Christina Schaffer

Set Decoration by

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Cecile Heideman

Costume Design by

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Dien van Straalen

Makeup Department

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Anita Burger ... makeup artist
Aurélie Elich ... Crowd hair & makeup supervisor / hair stylist / makeup artist
René Jordan ... assistant hair stylist / assistant makeup artist
Claudine Moureaud ... hair assistant / makeup assistant
Joël Seiller ... additional hair stylist
Jenny Shircore ... hair designer / makeup designer
Béatrice Stephany ... hair stylist / makeup artist

Production Management

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Benedicte Hermesse ... production manager (as Bénédicte Humbel)
Jos van der Linden ... production manager
Emma Zee ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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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

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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
Fabien Domange ... carpenter
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
Karin Van Der Werff ... art department coordinator
Todd Van Hulzen ... set designer
Olivier Wojcik ... scenic painter

Sound Department

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Dirk Bombey ... boom operator
Peter Burgis ... foley artist
Arthur Graley ... foley editor / sound editor
Nigel Heath ... 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

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Alain Couty ... special effects coordinator
Clive R. Kay ... special effects contact lenses
Lawrence Michael ... special effects technician

Visual Effects by

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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
Alex Smith ... Lead 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

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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
Marc Roodhart ... Best Boy
Alf Tramontin ... camera operator: "b" camera / steadicam operator
Tony Turner ... key grip
Wolfgang Wesemann ... assistant camera

Casting Department

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Louis Elman ... adr voice casting
Myke Ismaël ... extras casting assistant (as Ismael Myke)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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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

Location Management

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Joe Kotroczo ... location assistant
Sébastien Peiffer ... location manager
Bjorn Pinxten ... assistant location manager
Olivier Printz ... location assistant
Jan Roos ... location manager: belgium

Music Department

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David Arch ... musician: piano
Stephen Hussey ... musician: violin
Sam Okell ... assistant scoring engineer
Guy-Paul Romby ... music copyist

Transportation Department

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Gaby Meyers ... facility/truck driver
Francois Muller ... truck driver
Igor Pecirep ... driver: Tom Wilkinson
Otfried Suppin ... driver
Kevan Willis ... driver: cast

Other crew

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Bob Bellion ... financial manager
Peter Brown ... production secretary
Natasha Coombs ... script supervisor
Karen Fried ... publicist
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
Robert Longobardi ... production accountant (as Roberto Longobardi)
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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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • La jeune fille à la perle (Luxembourg, French title)
  • La jeune fille à la perle (France)
  • Das Mädchen mit dem Perlenohrring (Germany)
  • Das Mädchen mit einem Perlenohrring (Germany)
  • La joven de la perla (Spain)
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Runtime
  • 100 min
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Box Office

Budget $12,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United Kingdom GBP384,498, 18 Jan 2004

Did You Know?

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Trivia 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 has 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 that she was pleased with the results. 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in The 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards (2004). See more »
Quotes [to Vermeer, after seeing her own portrait for the first time]
Griet: You looked inside me...
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