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Director:
Writers:
Carl Zuckmayer (film play)
June Head (scenario)
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Release Date:
25 December 1936 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The Private Life and Loves of... See more »
Plot:
This character study joins the painter at the height of his fame in 1642, when his adored wife suddenly dies and his work takes a dark... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 win See more »
User Reviews:
Truly wonderful See more (23 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Charles Laughton ... Rembrandt van Rijn

Gertrude Lawrence ... Geertje Dirx

Elsa Lanchester ... Hendrickje Stoffels
Edward Chapman ... Fabrizius
Walter Hudd ... Capt. Banning Cocq

Roger Livesey ... Beggar Saul
John Bryning ... Titus van Rijn
Sam Livesey ... Auctioneer
Herbert Lomas ... Harmenzs van Rijn
Allan Jeayes ... Dr. Tulp
John Clements ... Govaert Flinck
Raymond Huntley ... Ludwick

Abraham Sofaer ... Dr. Menasseh
Laurence Hanray ... Heertsbeeke (as Lawrence Hanray)
Austin Trevor ... Marquis de Grand-Coeur
Henry Hewitt ... Jan Six
Gertrude Musgrove ... Elsa
Richard Gofe ... Titus - Child
Basil Gill ... Adrien van Rijn
Barry Livesey ... Peasant Lad
James Carney ... Peasant Lad
John Turnbull ... Minister
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hector Abbas ... Burgher at Auction (uncredited)
Evelyn Ankers ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Baroness Barany ... Criada (uncredited)
Lewis Broughton ... Saskia's Brother (uncredited)
Arthur Burne ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Frederick Burtwell ... Saskia's Brother (uncredited)
Robert Cochran ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Rex Evans ... Civil Guardsman (uncredited)
William Fagan ... Burgomaster (uncredited)
Philip Godfrey ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Marius Goring ... Baron Leivens (uncredited)

Wilfrid Hyde-White ... Civil Guardsman (uncredited)
Skelton Knaggs ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Alexander Knox ... Ludwick's Assistant (uncredited)
Jack Livesey ... Journeyman (uncredited)
Peta Mannering ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Joan Matheson ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Meinhart Maur ... Ornia (uncredited)
Quentin McPhearson ... Official (uncredited)
George Merritt ... Church Warden (uncredited)
Charles Paton ... Burgher at Auction (uncredited)
Hay Petrie ... Jeweller (uncredited)
Bellenden Powell ... Court Member (uncredited)
George Pughe ... Museum Director (uncredited)
Jerrold Robertshaw ... Museum Director (uncredited)
Leonard Sharp ... Burgher at Auction (uncredited)
Bill Shine ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Laura Smithson ... Minor role (uncredited)
Byron Webber ... Court Member (uncredited)
Roger Wellesley ... Burgomaster's Secretary (uncredited)
Edmund Willard ... Van Zeeland (uncredited)
Pamela Wood ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Directed by
Alexander Korda 
 
Writing credits
Carl Zuckmayer (film play)

June Head (scenario)

Lajos Biró  uncredited

Produced by
Alexander Korda .... producer
 
Original Music by
Geoffrey Toye 
 
Cinematography by
Georges Périnal (photographed by) (as Georges Perinal)
 
Film Editing by
Francis D. Lyon  (as Francis Lyon)
 
Costume Design by
John Armstrong 
 
Makeup Department
Stuart Freeborn .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Geoffrey Boothby .... unit manager
David B. Cunynghame .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Pommer .... third assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Vincent Korda .... settings designer
Hal Waller .... assistant art director (as H.M. Waller)
 
Sound Department
Sash Fisher .... sound recordist (as A. Fisher)
A.W. Watkins .... recording director
John W. Mitchell .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Ned Mann .... special effects director
 
Visual Effects by
W. Percy Day .... matte painter (uncredited)
Peter Ellenshaw .... assistant matte artist (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Krasker .... camera operator
 
Editorial Department
William Hornbeck .... supervising editor
 
Music Department
Muir Mathieson .... musical director
 
Other crew
Johan de Meester .... technical advisor
 
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85 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
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Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Rembrandt reveals the newly completed painting, 'The Night Watch', we see not the full, original version that he in fact painted, but the drastically butchered version that was made over 40 years after his death, when the painting was moved from its original exhibition space in the Kloveniersdoelen to a less capacious display space in the Amsterdam Town Hall in 1715.See more »
Quotes:
Rembrandt van Rijn:What is success? A soldier can reckon his success in victories, a merchant in money. But my world is insubstantial. I live in a beautiful, blinding, swirling mist.See more »

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23 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Truly wonderful, 26 January 2001
Author: vaughan.birbeck from Solihull, England

Why *can't* they make films like this anymore? Today, a film has to be the best part of three hours long and packed with special effects. In this film we see the story of a man's life told in half that time, made at a studio outside London. (Having said that, it was a box-office failure, presumably the audiences who shunned this flocked to see Clark Gable in 'San Francisco'.)

Charles Laughton's performance is truly great, portraying Rembrandt's vision and artistic integrity (which appears as perverse stubbornness to his fellow citizens), and his deep humanity. His speeches at the inn which mirror each other at the beginning and end of the film, on the glory of perfect love and the vanity of human life, are so beautifully delivered I almost held my breath so as not to miss a word.

More than that, the film succeeds in recreating Rembrandt's world. We see the business-like merchants, self-important local politicians and hard-living peasants who made up Dutch society in the 1600's. One of the most moving passages of the film shows Rembrandt trying to return to his home. He is physically unsuited to his father's work and derided by the villagers. He returns to Amsterdam realising he can't fit in with the merchant-class or the peasant-class where he was raised - he is a man alone.

The supporting cast is noteworthy, including Elsa Lanchester (Mrs Laughton, of course) as Rembrandt's last love, Gertrude Lawrence (although I'm still not sure why audiences seemed to fall in love with her, maybe her histrionics were more suited to theatre) and a large crop of Liveseys (Roger, Jack, Sam - I'm sure there were others).

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