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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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1 win See more »
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Laughton on canvas 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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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
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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 »
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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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16 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Laughton on canvas, 12 December 2005
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Charles Laughton returned to his native Great Britain in 1936 for three years and made a series of films there. The first and best of these was for Alexander Korda about Rembrandt Van Rijn, arguably the greatest of all Dutch painters.

Later biographical pictures, Lust for Life about Van Gogh and Moulin Rouge about Toulouse-Lautrec had good location photography going for them. Alexander Korda did create some nice sets to depict the Netherlands of the 17th century, but it just isn't the same.

Another difference between Rembrandt and the other two later pictures is while Van Gogh and Toulouse-Lautrec died young, Rembrandt lived to be an old man by the standards of his century. The film takes us on a forty year journey of his life from the death of his first wife until just before he dies. Laughton is great at capturing Rembrandt at every stage of his life.

As compared to those other two 19th century artists, Rembrandt's life was also not the tormented one the others had. Rembrandt is not a deformed cripple like Toulouse-Lautrec nor is he dealing with the onset of mental illness like Van Gogh. Tragedy happens in his life, but the tragedy isn't out of his own character.

Like the other two Rembrandt was constantly plagued with money problems. That's actually what takes up most of the film, the compromises he makes with his artistic vision and the need he has to put bread on the table.

Gertrude Lawrence and Elsa Lanchester do fine as the two women in his life. Laughton and Lawrence did not get along during the making of Rembrandt, that may have helped give their scenes some real bite. Three members of the performing Livesey family are in this film and Roger Livesey is a standout as the beggar who Rembrandt uses to paint his portrait of King Saul from the Old Testament.

Rembrandt is a finely crafted piece of film making and Charles Laughton gives one of his best screen performances. I wish though it had been done on location the way Lust for Life and Moulin Rouge were.

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