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18/06/2007

St Trinian's Girls Steal Priceless Vermeer In Movie

Bridgeman Art Library's convincing reproduction of Vermeer’s 'Girl with a Pearl Earring' is a key prop in the new St. Trinian's film starring Rupert Everett and Colin Firth.
When it comes to the big screen it is not just the actors who need to be convincing - props and scenery have to provide a realistic backdrop to the action, particularly when the prop in question has a starring role.


So when Mayhem Films - producers of the new St Trinian's film starring Rupert Everett, Colin Firth and Mischa Barton - needed a priceless work of art for a grand heist in the movie, the company turned to the Bridgeman Art Library for a realistic reproduction of a masterpiece.


Part of the plot in the new movie involves the infamous St Trinian’s girls attempting to steal Vermeer's famous Girl with a Pearl Earring canvas and Bridgeman’s Art on Demand service provided the film with a very convincing likeness of the original work.
While, concerned art lovers need not worry, the real masterpiece is still safe in The Hague, co-producer Mark Hubbard noted that some film goers will pick up on the irony of selecting the Vermeer work for the film: "Not least because we had Colin Firth in our film - there was also a joke about 'stealing' Scarlett Johansson!"
See Bridgeman Art Library at Broadcast Live at the Focal Footage Zone, stand B44.
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