Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003)

Scene (1:24:00-1:26:00)

Plot of Scene: The movie is about Johannes Vermeer, a famous Dutch artist. He is asked to paint his next piece, however can’t find his inspiration. A young lady, who has come to his house, becomes his muse. She is greatly interested to his art after she starts cleaning his art room. However, Vermeer’s wife isn’t pleased with this decision. Hiding away his wife, he paints the portrait of Griet. The wife finds from her young daughter who isn’t happy seeing her father and Griet together. The scene states that Griet kicked out of the house after the wife sees the completed painting.

Cinematography: This scene has three main shots; crane shots, over the shoulder shots, and close-ups. They define the emotion, the chemistry, and the fraction between the characters. The scene is very strong, because its the denouement  of the plot.


Crane shot: the camera is moving closer to the door indicating that someone is walking to the door.

Crane shot: the camera is moving closer to Griet. It’s followed by a..

Close-up: to define Griets emotion which is afraidness.

Crane shot: the camera is moved to the door. Then Maria Thins and her daughters shows us in the same shot to see why they are here. In the same shot, Vermeer shows up. Turning to his direction, the camera shows Vermeer and his wife’s back.


Over the Shoulder Shot: Vermeer is confronted to his wife who wants to see the painting.

Mid-shot: Marie Thins tries calm down her daughter.

Over the Shoulder + Close up: Vermeer’s wife becomes more emotional while asking her husband a question.

Rating: 9/10 In the beginning of the movie, it’s confusing. However, later the movie is more detailed is then become more interesting. The props are very realistic and good to define the settings of the scenes.

MISE-EN-SCENE: The movie is taken as in the Dutch Golden Age, therefore miss-en-scene should be according to the period. The costumes are very realistic, from the Dutch men outfits to the Dutch women outfits. The setting is a Vermeer’s art room, where the film was mostly tooken in. It’s very detailed, showing the brushes, pigments, and other art supplies. The lighting thoughtout this film is dull or really bright. This decision is taken to show how Vermeers painting’s lighting were.


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