Girl with a Pearl Earring

Girl with a Pearl Earring cvr

The 2003 film is a screenwriter’s version of the story behind the creation of Vermeer’s classic painting “Girl With a Pearl Earring”.

In the mid 1600’s, a young, illiterate peasant girl named Griet went to live and work as a servant in the home of the promising but financially struggling painter. Obsessed by her beauty, Vermeer insisted on using her as the subject for one of his works, resulting in a masterpiece.

Visually the film is stunning, the cinematography luminous, setting and costume excellently conceived and executed. Watching this, I fell into the film and emerged and hour and forty minutes later, my mind full of images, and the haunting music.

Some say the film is more style than content, though I did not find it so, but there can be no argument about the beauty of the music. Written by Alexandre Desplat, the gentle score – filled with beautiful flute and piano passages – captures the lyrical, haunting tenderness of the subject matter. On this CD, the music is orchestrated and conducted by Desplat himself, leading the Pro Arte Orchestra of London.

In these days of loud, pounding, explosive soundtracks, this one comes as a beautiful, gentle exception.

About Richard Robinson

Enjoying life in Portland, OR
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4 Responses to Girl with a Pearl Earring

  1. Patti Abbott says:

    This film captured the beauty of Vermeer paintings so well. A visual and aural treat. And a perfect casting choice.

  2. That it did. Especially the early scenes when Griet was traveling to the city, it could have been transferred from the paintings of the time.

  3. George Kelley says:

    After reading your review, Rick, I ordered the CD. I have the DVD on my stack of Watch Real Soon movies. Diane read the book and liked it very much.

  4. George, they are all great, book, film, soundtrack – though technically this is “music from the film” as opposed to “Original Motion Picture Soundtrack”. Note that it’s orchestrated by Desplat. Hope you enjoy the music, I think you will.

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