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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 »
Awards:
1 win See more »
User Reviews:
A Portrait Of A Genius - By A Genius 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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1.37 : 1 See more »
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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:And of a sudden he knew that when one woman gives herself to you, you possess all women. Women of every age and race and kind, and more than that, the moon, the stars, all miracles and legends are yours. Brown-skinned girls who inflame your senses with their play...See more »
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Referenced in Star! (1968)See more »

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40 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
A Portrait Of A Genius - By A Genius, 14 June 2003
Author: Ron Oliver (revilorest@juno.com) from Forest Ranch, CA

REMBRANDT Harmenszoon van Rijn (1606-1669), overcomes personal tragedy & great sorrow to be revered as the world's greatest painter.

Sir Alexander Korda's production of the life of the celebrated artist is beautifully presented on screen. Chief among its assets - and the main reason for its success - is the magnificent performance by Charles Laughton. Eccentric & temperamental, Laughton could be difficult to work with. But once fascinated by a role he gave it the full vibrato of his own extensive genius - here he makes Rembrandt an equal member of his continuing roster of fascinating portraits from the decade: Henry VIII, Bligh, Quasimodo.

Laughton had the remarkable ability - like the English actor George Arliss, working in the American cinema - of using his physical ugliness to great advantage, his eyes in particular offering glimpses of his characters' souls. At various points throughout the film - a monologue of Woman's Mysteries; reading from The Scriptures - Laughton's beautiful, soothing voice reaches beyond the screen and down the years to caress the listener.

Making a rare screen appearance, stage legend Gertrude Lawrence plays Rembrandt's shrewish housekeeper & companion, Geertje Dirx. Laughton's wife, the luminous Elsa Lanchester, is unforgettable as Hendrickje Stoffels, the housemaid who wins her employer's love and becomes his greatest defender and champion.

The wonderful actor Roger Livesey, almost unrecognizable behind a bushy beard (but there's no disguising that unique voice) is memorable as the ragged beggar Rembrandt hires to model the Old Testament despot Saul; Livesey's scenes with Laughton are among the best in the entire film. John Bryning turns in a sensitive portrait as Rembrandt's son Titus. Sir John Clements has the small role as Govert Flinck (1615-1660), Rembrandt's disaffected apprentice and eventual rival. Movie mavens will recognize an uncredited Wilfred Hyde-White in a tiny cameo as an officer of the Amsterdam Civic Guard.

The film is given first rate production values, with marvelous interior sets & costumes. The exterior Amsterdam sets are visually striking, with the camera angles and the stark angularity of the buildings making them look almost expressionistic. These contrast nicely with the simplicity with which the brief outdoor rural scenes are depicted.

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Some important dates in the life of Rembrandt:

15 July 1606 - born in Leiden, The Netherlands, to the local miller.

1620-21 - attends University of Leiden.

1631 - moves to Amsterdam.

1634 - marries wealthy Saskia van Uylenburgh.

1639 - purchases large Amsterdam house.

1641 - son Titus is born.

1642 - Saskia dies; Rembrandt paints 'The Shooting Company of Captain Franc Banning Cocq ('The Night Watch').'

1649 - hires Hendrickje Stoffels as housekeeper; she becomes his common-law wife.

1654 - Hendrickje, pregnant with daughter, is censured by church council for living in sin.

1656 - Rembrandt declared insolvent; house & goods auctioned to pay debts.

1663 - death of Hendrickje.

1668 - death of son Titus, aged 26.

4 October 1669 - dies in Amsterdam.

Rembrandt produced approximately 300 etchings, 600 paintings and 1,400 drawings.

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