February 27, 2017


Girl with a Pearl Earring – 2003 | 95 mins | Drama | Colour


Plot Synopsis

Girl with a Pearl Earring

Girl with a Pearl Earring tells the imagined, intriguing and highly seductive story behind one of Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer’s greatest and most enigmatic paintings. Tracy Chevalier’s best selling novel is intelligently adapted for the screen by director Peter Webber, who has done a terrific job creating a lavish biographical melodrama portraying the restrained relationship between artist and his enigmatic subject.

Set in 17th century Holland, Griet (Scarlett Johansson), a tilemaker’s daughter, is forced by tragedy to become a lowly serving maid for the reclusive master painter Vermeer (Colin Firth). Fascinated by his craft, she soon shows an aptitude for helping in his studio, where she finds herself drawn to the man and his world of colour and light. As she becomes part of his work, their growing intimacy spreads disruption and jealousy with his frosty pregnant wife (Judy Parfitt), manipulative mother (Essie Davis), spiteful children and lecherous patron Van Ruijven (Tom Wilkinson), fuelling a scandal that threatens to ruin them all.

Production Team

Peter Webber: Director
Christina Schaffer: Art Direction
Eduardo Serra: Cinematography
Dien van Straalen: Costume Design
Kate Evans: Editing
Claudine Moureaud: Makeup Department
Jenny Shircore: Makeup Department
Joël Seiller: Makeup Department
René Jordan: Makeup Department
Alexandre Desplat: Original Music
Anand Tucker: Producer
Andy Paterson: Producer
Ben van Os: Production Design
Olivia Hetreed: Script
Arthur Graley: Sound Department
Julian Slater: Sound Department
Carlo Thoss: Sound Department


Colin Firth: Vermeer
Scarlett Johansson: Griet
Tom Wilkinson: Van Ruijven
Judy Parfitt: Maria Thins
Cillian Murphy: Pieter
Essie Davis: Catharina
Joanna Scanlan: Tanneke
Alakina Mann: Cornelia

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