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Jan 27th, 2004, 04:01 AM
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I look forward to seeing the movie. I read the book on an airplane flight and totally enjoyed it. If you liked Lost in Translation, there is a German film that handles the East/West collision much better, called Enlightenment Guaranteed. I know it's available through Amazon, as I'd tried to get it from Netflix and they don't have it for some unknown reason. A friend loaned it to me about three weeks after I'd seen LIT. It really blew me away...very funny, very touching, and beautifully filmed.
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Jan 27th, 2004, 07:38 AM
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The Sunday Times on January 18 had a timely article on the Girl at this address:

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Jan 27th, 2004, 09:24 AM
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Read the book first long before I even knew there was a movie coming out. Loved it so much that I bought several copies to give away.

Along came the movie and it blew me away. An absolute gem. There were a few significant differences between the book and the movie, such as the ending!, but I thought that each was perfect in its own medium. In other words, I would probably not have liked the book ending to be the movie ending as well. An absolute - ah - pearl of a movie. If ever a movie could be a painting in motion, this was it!

Haven't read "Cold Mountain" but saw the film. This one had jagged edges, uneven spots. Nicole Kidman seemed more to sleepwalk through this movie when compared with her fantastic performance in "The Hours". Yes, there were quantum leaps, from a cup of tea to passionate undying love, something did not translate here, lo!
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Feb 1st, 2004, 03:19 AM
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Well, for those who enjoyed "The Girl in the Pearl Earring", there is another Amsterdam-based book being made into a movie called "Tulip Fever". For what I read, this book truly captures the Golden Era of 17th Century Amsterdam in a more soap-opera style plot. Jude Law and Kiera Knightly ("Love Actually") have the leading roles. It will start filming in Amsterdam in the summer. Should be fun to watch.
Feb 1st, 2004, 04:32 PM
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It's interesting that one painting, Girl in the Pearl Earring, has gotten so much exposure in other mediums in recent years. There was the dramatic movie on Hallmark last year about that painting and the people it changed hands through and the painting's effect on them, and the book, and now the new movie. I can't recall another painting that has gotten imitated in life in so many mediums in such a short period of time. We have had a print of that painting in our bathrorm for years (from the Natl. Gallery of Art in D.C.) and now eveyone who comes in says they read the book, or saw the TV movie, or wants to see the new movie.
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Feb 1st, 2004, 05:26 PM
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I enjoyed both "The Girl with the Pearl Earing" and "Cold Mountain". Please note that movies are filmed in locales dictated by economics.

I suspect that the interiors were all sets because it is a lot cheaper to film that way. Those scenes where she arrives and leaves in Delft at the beginning and ending of the film could be a set as well.

Toronto mascarades as many American cities in films because it is cheaper to film in Canada than in the US.
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Feb 1st, 2004, 07:59 PM
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emd: the Hallmark movie was based on another book and another 'possible' Vermeer called Blue Hyacith. I just read it after the release of this movie and other's posts (see above about the 8th post from KS452)
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Feb 1st, 2004, 11:35 PM
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Thanks for the info on Cold Mountain, marktynernyc. I thought it was filmed somewhere else and was just about to look it up. The movie was better than I expected, horribly graphic war scenes and all (funny but I would have said Nicole Kidman seemed to sleepwalk through The Hours more than this), but I would watch anything with Jude Law in it.
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Feb 2nd, 2004, 10:36 AM
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I just saw the Girl in the Pearl Earring yesterday and rather liked it. I did mainly like it for the setting and general filming of that time and place, it was a beautiful film in that regard. I don't know how much of that was real, if any, about Vermeer and his relationship with his wife, although I know the main story was just fiction (which is why I wasn't really that interested in it, to be honest, I don't like fictionalized stories around real persons).

Scarlet Johannson is really a wonderful actress for someone her age, but I don't think she really looks like the girl in the Vermeer painting very much at all, actually. I think people just think that because of the costumes being identical and because she does have a very Northern European look to her and that of another period very much. The girl in the Vermeer painting doesn't actually look very northern European to me; her facial features are much flatter than Johansson's.

That French animated film The Triplets of Belleville just opened here (Wash DC) recently to mostly good reviews. I saw that last year in Paris and even then, it had been showing there for a long time. I really liked the animation in that and thought it was extremely creative, although the story was kind of odd. I thought Belleville was supposed to be the real one, but I think that location was not meant to be the Parisian suburb. That was another weird thing about that movie. ONe good thing about that film is you don't have to know much French to enjoy it.
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Feb 17th, 2004, 02:02 AM
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We are planning a Holland/Belgium trip for early April, and I am eager to see "Girl with the Pearl Earring" soon to get the flavor/ambiance...Location in a movie is so important. I formerly lived on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and a movie was filmed on my street and in my apartment building lobby. When I saw it on the screen (in a theatre in DC, with friends) we all screamed with glee!
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