This movie played at the Rialto, a 5 minute walk from our apartment and a block away from the opulent Hotel Negresco. It was in front of the Negresco where, in 1927, Isadora Duncan got her scarf snagged in the wheel of her Bugatti and strangled to death. My wife, daughter and I saw Pearl Earring with our daughter’s amie d’école Laetitia and her parents. It’s strange watching an English-language movie with French subtitles — makes you think you’re seeing an art film.
The next week we set off on a short vacance to Belgium and the Netherlands. While in Antwerp we decided to take a quick train ride to The Hague for the sole purpose of seeing Vermeer’s famous painting at the Mauritshuis. Walking back to the train station from the museum we passed a movie theater: guess what was showing?
When we returned to Nice our daughter told Laetitia that she had seen the Pearl Earring painting, the real one. Laetitia was amazed: “You mean they made a real painting based on the movie?”