Girl with a Pearl Earring is a romantic drama film directed by Peter Webber.
Scarlett Johansson stars as Griet, a young 17th-century servant in the household of the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer played by Colin Firth at the time he painted Girl with a Pearl Earring in the city of Delft in Holland. Hetreed read the novel before its publication, and her husband's production company convinced Chevalier to sell the film rights.
Hudson withdrew shortly before filming began, however, and the film was placed in hiatus until the hire of Webber, who re-initiated the casting process.
In his feature film debut, Webber sought to avoid employing traditional characteristics [ clarification needed ] of the period film drama. In a interview with IGN, he said, "What I was scared of is ending up with something that was like Masterpiece Theatre[that] very polite Sunday evening BBC kind of thing, and I [was] determined to make something quite different from that Critics generally applauded the film's Pink pearls amsterdam dating scene in washington and performances while questioning elements of its story.
Griet Scarlett Johansson is a shy girl living in the Dutch Republic in Her father, a Delftware painter, has recently gone blind, rendering him unable to work and putting his family in a precarious financial situation. To help matters, Griet is sent to work as a maid in the household of famed painter Johannes Vermeer Colin Firth. Griet works hard, almost wordlessly, in the lowest position in a harsh hierarchy.
She does her best to adjust, despite the unkind treatment from Vermeer's daughter Cornelia. While she is on a routine shopping trip outside the house, a butcher's son, Pieter Cillian Murphynotices Griet and is drawn to her.
However, she is slow to return his affections as their relationship develops. As Griet cleans Vermeer's studio, which his wife Catharina Essie Davis never enters, the painter begins to converse with her and encourages her appreciation of painting, light and color. Vermeer gives her lessons in mixing paints and other tasks, taking care to keep this secret from his wife, who would react with anger and jealousy if she found out that her husband was spending time with Griet.
Vermeer's rich patronVan Ruijven Tom Wilkinsonnotices Griet on a visit to the Vermeer household and asks the painter if he will give her up to work in his own house, a situation which "ruined" his former girl-maid.
Vermeer refuses, but agrees to paint a portrait of Griet for Van Ruijven. As Vermeer secretly works on the eponymous painting, Catharina cannot help Pink pearls amsterdam dating scene in washington notice something is amiss. Her growing disdain for Griet becomes more apparent, spurred on by Van Ruijven's deliberate suggestions of an improper relationship between Vermeer and the young maid.
A conflicted Griet must deal with her growing fascination with Vermeer and his talent,and subsequently fend off Van Ruijven, who attempts to rape her in the courtyard. Later, when Catharina is out for the day, her mother hands Griet her daughter's pearl earrings, and asks Vermeer to finish the painting.
At the final painting session, Vermeer pierces Griet's left earlobe so she can wear one of the earrings for the portrait.
The tension heightens considerably when Griet reacts to the pain, and Vermeer tenderly caresses her face. Griet then runs to Pieter to be consoled, and presumably distracted from her thoughts of Vermeer. They embrace and make love in a barn, where Pieter proposes marriage, but Griet unexpectedly leaves.
She then returns the earrings to Catharina's mother. Later, Catharina flies into a rage upon discovering Griet used her earrings.
She storms into the studio, accuses her mother of complicity, and demands Vermeer show her the commissioned portrait. Offended by the intimate nature of the painting, Catharina dismisses it as "obscene," and tearfully asks why Vermeer won't paint her. When Vermeer responds, "Because you don't understand," she tries but fails to destroy the painting.
She then banishes Griet from the house forever, to which Vermeer does not object, and lets Griet depart. Later, Griet is visited by Vermeer's house cook Tanneke, who comes bearing her a gift: The film ends with a slow reveal of the real-life painting, "Girl with a Pearl Earring.
Chevalier agreed, believing that a British studio would help resist Hollywood's urge "to sex up the film. Paterson and Tucker promised to "replicate the 'emotional truth' of the story [ Hetreed worked closely with Tucker and Webber to adapt the book, explaining that "working with them on drafts helped me to concentrate on what the film would be, rather than how beautifully I could make a line work.
The novel maximises the few known facts of Vermeer's life, which Hetreed described as "little pillars sticking up out of the dust of history. Originally, the American actress Kate Hudson was cast as Griet,  having successfully pursued the role from the film's producers.
In Septemberhowever, Hudson pulled out four weeks before filming began, officially due to "creative differences". It also resulted in the withdrawal of Mike Newell as director and Ralph Fiennes as Vermeer; Fiennes left the project to work on his film Maid in Manhattan. Production started again later that year when the producers hired the relatively unknown British television director Peter Webber to head the project,   despite his not having directed a feature film before.
The casting of Griet was Webber's first major step, and led to interviews Pink pearls amsterdam dating scene in washington girls before Webber chose the year-old actress Scarlett Johansson. He felt that she "just stood out. She had something distinctive about her. She considered Pink pearls amsterdam dating scene in washington script "beautifully written" and the character "very touching",  but did not read the book because she thought it would be better to approach the story with a "clean slate.
After the hiring of Johansson, other major casting decisions quickly followed, beginning with the addition of English actor Colin Firth as Vermeer. Firth also studied painting techniques and visited museums carrying Vermeer works. After Firth, Webber's next casting decision was Tom Wilkinson as the patron Pieter van Ruijven, who was hired in late During preproduction, Webber and cinematographer Eduardo Serra studied the period's artwork and discussed the different moods they wanted to create for each scene.
And the more silent the film became, the closer it seemed to be to the Pink pearls amsterdam dating scene in washington of those Vermeer paintings and the closer it seemed to capture some kind of truth.
Webber hired Ben van Os as his production designer because "he wasn't intimidated by the period obligations. He was much more interested in story and character. According to van Os, the film was about "being observed," so they intended Griet to always feel that she was being watched. According to Webber, Serra "was obsessed with reproducing the amazing use of light by the artists of that period, and most particularly Vermeer's use of it.
In desiring to avoid stereotypes of the costume drama, Webber costumed his actors in simple outfits he termed "period Prada ," rather than use the ruffles and baggy costumes common for the era. The intent was to "take the real clothes from the period and reduce them to their essence.
Make-up and hair designer Jenny Shircore desired that Griet appear without make-up, so Johansson was given very little; rather, Shircore focused on maintaining the actress' skin as "milky, thick and creamy ," and bleached her eyebrows. Webber decided to hire Desplat after hearing a score he had composed for a Jacques Audiard film. Webber explained, "He had a sense of restraint and a sense of lyricism that I liked. I remember the first time I saw the cue where Griet opens the shutters.
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He was really describing what the light was doing, articulating that in a musical sphere. The score employs strings, piano, and woodwinds, with a central theme featuring a variety of instrumental forms. Desplat's work also garnered positive reviews. The New York Times described it as a " gorgeous score In the Pink pearls amsterdam dating scene in washington of shortening the adaptation, approximately one-third of the story was eventually edited out;  entire subplots and characters were removed.
I am a big enthusiast for leaving things out. Before editing, there was great stuff there, but Peter was fantastically ruthless. According to Webber, Girl with a Pearl Earring is "more than just a quaint little film about art" but is concerned with themes of money, sex, repression, obsession, power, and the human heart. Sager Eidt in her book, Writing and Filming the Painting: Ekphrasis in Literature and Filmasserts that the film deviates significantly from the source material and emphasises a "socio-political dimension that is subtler in the novel.
In his work, Film England: Culturally English Filmmaking Since the sauthor Andrew Higson notes that the film overcomes the novel's "subjective narration" device by having the camera stay fixed on Griet for much of the film. But, Higson says, "no effort is made to actually render her point of view as the point of view of the film or the spectator.
Vermeer channels Griet's sexual awakening into his painting, with the piercing of her ear and his directives to her posing being inherently sexual. But, when worn by Griet the pearl is also a directive to the audience to look at the "psychological potential within" her erotic, unconsummated bond with Vermeer, unclear up to that point if it is real or not.
The film incorporates seven of Vermeer's paintings into its story.
From Gone with the Wind to The Passion of the Christwrites that while Chevalier's Griet describes ten Vermeer paintings without naming themWebber's film avoids "show[ing] an external world that looks like a series of Vermeer paintings," as this would have been a trivialisation of the artist's achievements. Lions Gate slowly increased its release to a peak of cinemas by 6 February The website reported the critical consensus as visually arresting, but the story could be told with a bit more energy.
Historian Alex von Tunzelmannwriting for The Guardianpraised the film for its Pink pearls amsterdam dating scene in washington design and incredible Vermeerish appearance" but felt that "it's a bit too much like watching paint dry. The BBC 's review, written by Susan Hodgetts, described the film as "a superior British costume drama that expertly mixes art history with romantic fiction", which would appeal to "anyone who likes serious, intelligent drama and gentle erotic tension.
Despite praising its visuals, Abeel criticized Girl with a Pearl Earring for being "a chick flick dressed up in Old Master clothes" and for failing "to render Griet's growing artistic sensibility dramatically credible.
Sandra Hall of The Sydney Morning Herald praised Webber's ability to "build individual moments [such as] the crackle of a bed-sheet which has grown an ice overcoat after being hung out to dry Pink pearls amsterdam dating scene in washington the wintry air", but opined that he failed to "invest these elegant reproductions of the art of the period with the emotional charge you've been set up to expect.
The film's scenarios may be unsurprising, but Webber's solemn evocation of art in a grey world gives his story an apt, unspoken gravity. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article contains too many or too-lengthy quotations for an encyclopedic entry.
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