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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 »
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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 »
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brilliant performance by Charles Laughton 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)
Byron Webber ... Court Member (uncredited)
Roger Wellesley ... Burgomaster's Secretary (uncredited)
Edmund Willard ... Van Zeeland (uncredited)
Pamela Wood ... Minor Role (uncredited)
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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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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Star! (1968)See more »

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
brilliant performance by Charles Laughton, 28 April 2011
Author: blanche-2 from United States

Charles Laughton is "Rembrandt" in this 1936 film he made for Alexander Korda, one of three films he made in England during this time.

The story takes us through Rembrandt's sad life, and manages at the same time to leave out a lot of sadness. The film shows his son Titus, but there were several other children who did not survive. The great tragedy of Rembrandt's life was the death of his wife Saskia, whom he painted often. Rembrandt as also known for asking Jews to pose for his Old Testament paintings, which are informed by his knowledge of the Bible.

There were two other women in Rembrandt's life: his common-law wife Hendrickje Stoffels (Elsa Lanchester) and his housekeeper, Geertje Dirx (Gertrude Lawrence) who evidently became his lover. She later sued Rembrandt for breach of promise, and he had to pay her 200 guilders a month. For years he tried to get her committed.

Rembrandt is shown falling into poverty here. When his fortunes dimmed as an artist, he continued to work as a teacher. Bad investments were the main cause of his problems. In truth, his paintings remained popular throughout his lifetime, and the one for which he is chastised in the film actually was a huge hit.

Laughton portrays Rembrandt as a man of tremendous artistic integrity, a learned man with soul, heart, and a great feeling for language. Indeed, Laughton's monologues are absolutely beautiful; had he read the phone book, I would have been just as enraptured. Elsa Lanchester is very young here, all eyes, and gives a very sweet performance as the frail Hendrickje. Gertrude Lawrence is an absolute spitfire as Geertje.

Wonderful film. Don't miss this breathtaking Laughton performance.

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