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Girl With A Pearl Earring [2004] [DVD]

Scarlett Johansson , Colin Firth , Peter Webber    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Scarlett Johansson, Colin Firth, Tom Wilkinson, Judy Parfitt, Cillian Murphy
  • Directors: Peter Webber
  • Writers: Olivia Hetreed, Tracy Chevalier
  • Producers: Anand Tucker, Andy Paterson, Anna Campeau, Bob Bellion, Cameron McCracken
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 31 May 2004
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001K2L4W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,992 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



You wouldn't think a movie could look like a Vermeer painting, but Girl with a Pearl Earring is filmed with an amazing range of luminous glows that evoke the Dutch artist's masterworks. Of course, it helps that much of the movie focuses on Scarlett Johansson (Lost in Translation, Ghost World), whose creamy skin and full lips have a luminosity of their own. Johansson plays Griet, a maid in the household of Johannes Vermeer (Colin Firth), who finds herself in a web of jealousy, artistic inspiration, and social machinations. Though the pace is slow, Girl with a Pearl Earring genuinely conveys some sense of an artist's process, as well as offering many chaste yet sensual moments between Firth and Johansson. Also featuring Essie Davis as Vermeer's bitter wife and Tom Wilkinson (In the Bedroom) as a wealthy patron with eyes for Griet. --Bret Fetzer

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars visionary art and artistic vision 1 July 2004
By Priyan Meewella VINE VOICE
Intense and mesmerising, Girl with a Pearl Earring is an incredibly subtle film about Vermeer's inspiration for the painting in question. It is a work of speculative fiction (adapted from Tracy Chevalier's novel) since little is actually known about the model at all. As such, it could so easily have gone very wrong, but is succeeds, and indeed shines, through the way it never becomes overly melodramatic, nor produces lurid revalations about a possible relationship. Instead, in perfect period style, it remains subdued and reflective, while being incredibly intimate at the same time.
In Holland around 1665, Griet [Scarlett Johannson] takes a job as a maid once her blind father is no longer able to work. The household in which she finds employment is that of master painter Johannes Vermeer [Colin Firth]. Though not educated, Griet has an understanding of Vermeer's art and talent which draws the two together, and finally Vermeer decides that Griet is to be the subject of his next painting.
Although Vermeer is clearly attracted to Griet, a beauitful but retiscently modest girl, we are not here to witness a scandalous extra-marital sexual affair. Indeed the two barely even touch throughout the entire piece. But that makes the momentary visual connections infinitely more intimite.
As a film about an artist and painting, I had expected strong use of bold colours but in fact the appearance is very washed out. This certainly fits the period mood of seventeenth century Holland, but more importantly allows Eduardo Serra's cinematography to focus on use of rich light and shadows that perfectly compliments (and to a degree pays homage to) Vermeer's own style. The incredible attention to detail, in both the set design and the way in which they are lit, is one of the focal points of this film.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
There are films about painters ("Lust for Life") and painting ("The Agony and the Ecstasy"), but it is rare to find a film about the art of painting, and that is one of the great strengths of "Girl with a Pearl Earring." The film is based on the novel by Tracy Chevalier, with a screenplay by Olivia Hetreed, that imagines a whole story behind Johannes Vermeer's painting, "Girl with a Pearl Earring" (1665-66) involving the Dutch painter, his family, and the model he used for what is his most famous and most intriguing painting.
Griet (Scarlett Johannson), is a young girl from a Calvinist family who has to seek employment as a maid in the Roman Catholic household of the famous painter. She is given her duties, one of which is to clean the upstairs studio, but only when the master is not busy painting. Even Vermeer's wife, Catharine (Essie Davis) will not enter that place, for reasons we will learn about later. Before she meets the artist (peter Firth), Griet sees his current painting, "Woman with a Pearl Necklace" (1664-65) and we can tell from her eyes that she is looking at something wondrous.
We know that Griet is no fool, because she refuses to accept bad meat from the local butcher, which causes his son, Pieter (Cillian Murphy), to notice her. But in the house she is beneath notice, told not to speak until spoken to first. One day she asks the ladies of the house, Catharina and her mother, Maria Thins (Judy Parfitt), if when she is cleaning the studio if she should do the windows. Her concern is that doing so would change the light. The women look at her without comprehension and Catharina tells her to go ahead and clean the windows.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rough Diamond 17 Aug 2005
This is just a fantastic film - the kind which keeps you guessing as to the reactions and intentions of the main characters until the end. Colin Firth increases his reputation as a dark, and, yes, smouldering leading man with his portrayal of Vermeer (he should beware of being typecast!), and his womenfolk are both well-rounded characters with believable actions as the keepers of a household struggling to maintain a lifestyle well beyond its means.
Scarlet Johanssen as Griet maintains the film's suspense, particularly as regards her hair - the scene where her coif comes off - albeit briefly - is one of the best scenes in the entire film, one that increases the tension of unrequited love maintaining its tense distance. The film is all the better for the restraint it shows in not making it a standard bodice ripper (as other films tend to overdo, particularly "La Reine Margot"). Also the hystrionics of Vermeer's wife at the end and the painter's final romantic guesture are all too believable and maintain the credibility and tension.
One hopes that Griet finds her fortune in the end.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite! 22 Feb 2004
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Tracy Chevalier's best-selling novel has been become a glowingly beautiful film to be enjoyed as a fine work of art.
Scarlett Johansson plays Griet, a young maid who comes to work in the household of the artist Vermeer, where she must contend with a jealous and temperamental mistress, a bratty child, and the brooding and mysterious master himself. Griet must also handle with diplomacy the unwelcome advances of the artist's patron, while unsure of her feelings for the attentive young butcher.
The story is slight and almost secondary to the photography here. Each frame of the movie is filmed with an emphasis on a warm, natural light source that fills each scene with the same radiant glow found in Vermeer's paintings. I found myself holding my breath while watching the film, as one does in the presence of sheer loveliness.
Johannsson is perfect as the young maid and Firth (Vermeer)seethes with intensity. The richly detailed recreation of 17th century Delft is a feast for the eyes. The music enhances the mood of uncertainty and unspoken desire. This is a rare and wonderful film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars We love period dvds
Excellent dvd great acting
Published 12 days ago by Northern Viking
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love, love, loved it.
Published 1 month ago by granny
1.0 out of 5 stars Not HD
Great movie, but this isn't high definition. Why it's been released on Blu Ray is anyone's guess.

Get the regular DVD version. It is a beautiful film.
Published 3 months ago by Caped Crusader
5.0 out of 5 stars Gritting with Grit
Although I had previously watched this story of the girl Grit and her employment in the Vermeer houslhold on television several times, when the DVD was on sale from Amazon I knew I... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Lars Dalman
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful film
Moving and beautiful film, casting, atmosphere and cinematography stunning. Strongly recommend this film, I could watch it over and over again and still notice something new in the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by jc
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful film
one of my favourite films.... beautiful and well filmed I could watch it again and again...saw a friends' copy first ..and had to have my own
Published 6 months ago by amazonlady
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good movie!
This movie was excellent! Lovely scenery, great actors and such a lovely story! Theres such electricity between the couple it kerps you glued to the screen! Well worth seeing! Read more
Published 6 months ago by judith fawcett
4.0 out of 5 stars Stefania from Switzerland
After reading the book it was nice to see the movie. But books are quite always better....... also in this case.
Published 7 months ago by Moccetti Stefania
1.0 out of 5 stars A master class !
The original book is not exactly a masterpiece, but it's a fine novel for all that, offering depth
and resonance. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Count Name
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
Had to see the end of a t.v. film so bought it. A very enjoyable film to watch and not be offended at.
Published 8 months ago by tinkerbell
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