Girl with a Pearl Earring

11 April 2004

We went and saw Girl with a Pearl Earring today. Lisa’s read the book and was pretty happy with the film adaptation. However, she did point out that a few important parts of the book were missing; for example, the opening scene with the plate of vegetables—that all makes sense if you know that Vermeer hires Griet because of her arrangement (and its explanation) of the vegetables.

We both thought that when we (the audience) looked in the Camera Obscura, the picture should have been projected either upside down or reversed (this depends on the exact nature of Vermeer’s camera). Perhaps the film makers were taking poetic licence? For more details of Vermeer’s camera have a look here Anyway, back to the movie. Apart from three other males, the audience in the cinema was entirely female. The film was beautifully crafted. I particular liked the attention to detail with the ice on the canals. All-in-all, a pleasant way to spend a couple of hours. After the movie, we spent half an hour wandering around the local Borders. I still can decide if I have time to read anything other than material for my PhD (and that’s plain sad).