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9 out of 13 people found the following review useful:

Esthetic and cold as a still life painting

5/10
Author: richard from Paris, France
9 September 1999

This is a very conventional biographic movie. It looks like all the money and efforts have been invested in recreating the paintings of Rembrandt, the decoration, the costumes, but unfortunately, less attention was devoted to finding the soul, to explore new ways to illustrate the success then the misfortune of a genius unfit to live in his own era. The characters are barely sketched, the actors seem to concentrate on looking like the originals -which is well achieved, especially by Rembrandt's wife - but they forget to act, to live. And don't expect any explanation about the nature of the Rembrandt's genius, about the great debates of the 17th Century or the social life in the Netherlands at that time. My guess is that this cold movie will soon be forgotten.

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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful:

Visually impressive biopic

Author: Gilles Tran from Paris, France
27 September 1999

Directed by painter Charles Matton, "Rembrandt" is a visually impressive film about Rembrandt's life. Like many biopics, there are too many events crammed into it, and little room is left for character development (characters pop up, have a few scenes and disappear). It will be disappointing if you expect a vision of a painter at work (like Clouzot's "Mystère Picasso"). However, the representation of the 17th Century Dutch society is both well-researched and a visual treat. The movie does a great job of being faithful to Rembrandt's vision, and is eventually much more moving and fascinating than the average "tormented painter" film.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

You are invited to step into a Rembrandt painting and live in it for 106 minutes

10/10
Author: ursulahemard from Australia
8 May 2015

Absolutely loved it! I can't fathom why movies like this are not well known to the masses. Rembrandt's life from his mid 20's to his death played by Klaus Maria Brandauer is a bulls- eye. He is one of the most talented, prolific and high caliber contemporary Austrian actors and I always loved his performances on stage and on screen. He is mesmerising and believably characterises the artist. The movie is biographically and historically totally accurate which I appreciate enormously. I loved the didactic story telling, this is how an intelligent BIOPIC ought to be. All acting is fittingly theatrical and very well cast with many very well known French actors. The cinematography is astounding; colours and lighting are sumptuous just like Rembrandt's paintings. Many everyday scenes are staged as if coordinated after the painters works which means that the 'trompe-l'oeil' dioramas are perfectly orchestrated, much to my personal ravishment. Many of Rembrandt's canvasses are depicted and some even with a 'mise-en-scène' how they came to be. Beautiful! Important historical figurers are interacting with Rembrandt and teach us about his life and his character development. We learn about his triumphs, tragedies and important female relationships through an arty movie which transfers us into the 17th century Dutch Republic accompanied with a perfectly chosen score. Highly recommended to Art-Freaks and Movie-Buffs!

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Rembrandt (1999)

8/10
Author: Horrorliefhebber from Belgium
26 July 2015

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Klaus Maria Brandauer stars in this gorgeously photographed French-German-Dutch biopic on the life of 17th century Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn. Told in flashbacks from the point-of-view of the aged artist, the film opens as the young van Rijn arrives in Amsterdam. Soon after establishing his career as a painter, he marries the radiant Saskia (Johanna te Steege). As he makes a name for himself, he can soon afford to buy a large house by teaching wealthy aristocrats how to paint. However, the Nice filmed / History / Good recorded / Fascinating characters / Moving -Comperd to Rembrandt (1936) der is more historically accurate in the movie.

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