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Encyclopedia > Girl with a Pearl Earring (film)
Girl with a Pearl Earring

Poster for Girl With a Pearl Earring
Directed by Peter Webber
Produced by Andy Paterson
Anand Tucker
Written by Olivia Hetreed
Tracy Chevalier (novel)
Starring Colin Firth
Scarlett Johansson
Tom Wilkinson
Essie Davis
Cillian Murphy
Judy Parfitt
Music by Alexandre Desplat
Cinematography Eduardo Serra
Editing by Kate Evans
Distributed by Lions Gate Films
Pathé
Release date(s) December 12, 2003
January 16, 2004
Running time 95 min
Country United Kingdom
Luxembourg
Language English
Budget $12,000,000[1]
Official website
All Movie Guide profile
IMDb profile

Girl with a Pearl Earring is a 2003 United Kingdom/Luxembourg drama film directed by Peter Webber. The screenplay was adapted by screenwriter Olivia Hetreed from the novel by Tracy Chevalier. The film stars Scarlett Johansson, Colin Firth, Tom Wilkinson and Cillian Murphy. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 405 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (510 × 755 pixel, file size: 64 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Movie poster for Girl with a Pearl Earring (film) This image is of a poster, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either... Peter Webber is a British director who is best known for his debut feature film Girl with a Pearl Earring. ... Anand Tucker (born 24 June 1963) is a film director and producer. ... Tracy Chevalier (born in Washington, DC in October of 1962) is a historical novelist whose career began with the book The Virgin Blue but who became well known with a book on the creation of the painting Girl with a Pearl Earring by Vermeer. ... Colin Andrew Firth (born 10 September 1960) is an English actor. ... Scarlett Johansson (born November 22, 1984) is an American actress. ... This article is about the English actor. ... Essie Davis is an Australian actress. ... Cillian Murphy (born May 25, 1976) is an Irish actor noted for intense, risky performances in diverse roles,[1] as well as his distinctive blue eyes. ... Judy Parfitt (born on 7 November 1935 in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England) is a British theatre, film and television actress. ... Alexandre Desplat is a film composer, he most recently scored the music for the movie Firewall, a primarily digital, synthesized soundtrack. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Lions Gate Films. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... Pathé or Pathé Frères is the name of various businesses founded and originally run by the Pathé Brothers of France. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A drama film is a film that depends mostly on in-depth character development, interaction, and highly emotional themes. ... The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ... Peter Webber is a British director who is best known for his debut feature film Girl with a Pearl Earring. ... Sample from a screenplay, showing dialogue and action descriptions. ... Screenwriters, scenarists or script writers, are authors who write the screenplays from which movies and television programs are made. ... Girl with a Pearl Earring is a novel by Tracy Chevalier published in 1999. ... Tracy Chevalier (born in Washington, DC in October of 1962) is a historical novelist whose career began with the book The Virgin Blue but who became well known with a book on the creation of the painting Girl with a Pearl Earring by Vermeer. ... Scarlett Johansson (born November 22, 1984) is an American actress. ... Colin Andrew Firth (born 10 September 1960) is an English actor. ... Tom Wilkinson Tom Wilkinson, OBE, born December 12, 1948, is an Oscar nominated English actor. ... Cillian Murphy (born May 25, 1976) is an Irish actor noted for intense, risky performances in diverse roles,[1] as well as his distinctive blue eyes. ...

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Plot

Griet (Scarlett Johansson) is a young woman living in the Netherlands in the 1660s. Her father was a ceramic painter who has recently gone blind, rendering him unable to work and the family is in dire straits. Griet is subsequently sent to work as a maid in the home of the painter Johannes Vermeer (Colin Firth). Scarlett Johansson (born November 22, 1984) is an American actress. ... Fixed Partial Denture, or Bridge The word ceramic is derived from the Greek word κεραμικός (keramikos). ... A maidservant or in current usage maid is a female employed in domestic service. ... Painting by Rembrandt self-portrait Detail from Las Meninas by Diego Velazquez, in which the painter portrayed himself at work For the computer graphics program, see Corel Painter. ... Girl with a Pearl Earring, known as the Mona Lisa of the North Johannes Vermeer or Jan Vermeer (baptized October 31, 1632, died December 15, 1675) was a Dutch painter who specialized in domestic interior scenes of ordinary bourgeois life. ... Colin Andrew Firth (born 10 September 1960) is an English actor. ...


In the course of their interactions as master and servant, Vermeer and Griet become casually acquainted and he learns of her interest in painting and her knowledge of color and artistic composition. Vermeer subsequently begins giving her lessons in mixing paints and other tasks, taking care to keep their meetings secret from his wife Catharina (Essie Davis). On a routine trip outside the house, Griet also befriends a young man named Pieter - the Vermeer's butcher's son - (Cillian Murphy), who is quickly taken with her, though she is slow to return his affections. Vermeer's patron van Ruijven (Tom Wilkinson) sees Griet on a visit to the Vermeer household and asks the painter if he will give her up to him to work in his own house. When Vermeer refuses, Van Ruijven commissions him to paint a portrait of Griet for him. Vermeer accepts the commission, both to remain in Van Ruijven's good graces and because of his own fascination with Griet. Essie Davis is an Australian actress. ... Cillian Murphy (born May 25, 1976) is an Irish actor noted for intense, risky performances in diverse roles,[1] as well as his distinctive blue eyes. ... Generally, patronage is the act of supporting or favoring some person, group, or institution. ... Tom Wilkinson Tom Wilkinson, OBE, born December 12, 1948, is an Oscar nominated English actor. ... A contract is a legally binding exchange of promises or agreement between parties that the law will enforce. ...


As Vermeer secretly works on the eponymous painting, he and Griet grow closer, while his relationship with his wife declines. Griet suffers with her feelings towards Vermeer, and has to fend off Van Ruijven's attempt to rape her (which is thwarted when Catharina calls for Van Ruijven). After a painting session filled with unrequited sexual tension where Vermeer pierces Griet's earlobes so she can wear his wife's pearl earrings for the portrait, Griet runs to Pieter to make love. In the afterglow, Pieter proposes marriage, but she does not accept. Vermeer's wife discovers Griet is modeling for the painting, and, filled with jealousy, she asks Vermeer why he did not paint her instead, to which he responds that she does not understand art like Griet does. Insulted at being considered more ignorant than a common servant, she orders Griet to leave their household. At the close of the film, the pearl earrings are mysteriously delivered to Griet. The Girl with a Pearl Earring (Dutch:Het meisje met de parel) is one of Dutch painter Johannes Vermeers masterworks and as the name implies, uses a pearl earring for a focal point. ... Freshadama grade cultured freshwater pearls. ...


Cast

Scarlett Johansson as Griet

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Awards

  • 2003 - Camerimage Bronze Frog - Eduardo Serra
  • 2003 - Dinard British Film Festival Audience Award - Peter Webber
  • 2003 - Dinard British Film Festival Golden Hitchcock - Peter Webber
  • 2003 - San Diego Film Critics Society Award - Best Cinematography - Eduardo Serra
  • 2003 - San Sebastián International Film Festival - Best Cinematography - Eduardo Serra
  • 2003 - C.I.C.A.E. Award - Peter Webber
  • 2004 - Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award - Best Cinematography - Eduardo Serra

Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Peter Webber is a British director who is best known for his debut feature film Girl with a Pearl Earring. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Soundtrack

For more details on this topic, see Girl with a Pearl Earring (soundtrack).

The soundtrack was released in 2004 and composed by Alexandre Desplat. Girl with a Pearl Earring is the soundtrack, on the Lionsgate Records label, of the 2003 Academy Award- and Golden Globe-nominated film Girl with a Pearl Earring starring Scarlett Johansson, Colin Firth, Tom Wilkinson, Cillian Murphy and Judy Parfitt. ... Alexandre Desplat is a film composer, he most recently scored the music for the movie Firewall, a primarily digital, synthesized soundtrack. ...


References

  1. ^ Delesse, Olivier. "Dinard Awards Two Top Prizes to 'Girl' (Pathé film budget)", Dinard British Film Festival, FilmFestivals.com, 2002 October 3-6. 

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