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Rembrandt (1936)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama | 25 December 1936 (USA)
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, sardonic turn that offends his patrons. By 1656, he ... See full summary »

Director:

Alexander Korda

Writers:

Carl Zuckmayer (film play), June Head (scenario)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Laughton ... Rembrandt van Rijn
Gertrude Lawrence ... Geertje Dirx
Elsa Lanchester ... Hendrickje Stoffels
Edward Chapman ... Fabrizius
Walter Hudd ... Banning Cocq
Roger Livesey ... Beggar Saul
John Bryning John Bryning ... Titus
Sam Livesey ... Auctioneer
Herbert Lomas Herbert Lomas ... Gerrit van Rijn - Rembrandt's Father
Allan Jeayes Allan Jeayes ... Doctor Tulp
John Clements John Clements ... Flinck
Raymond Huntley ... Ludwick
Abraham Sofaer ... Menasseh
Lawrence Hanray Lawrence Hanray ... Heertsbeeke
Austin Trevor ... Marquis de Grand Coeur
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Storyline

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, sardonic turn that offends his patrons. By 1656, he is bankrupt but consoles himself with the company of pretty maid Hendrickje, whom he's unable to marry. Their relationship brings ostracism but also some measure of happiness. The final scenes find him in his last year, 1669, physically enfeebled but his spirit undimmed. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Beautiful Women...saints and sinners, tender and tempestuous...feeding the fires of his genius with reckless abandon! Eager to share his exciting life...his intense love...even the wrath of men who cried: "Shame!" See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Büyük Ates-Rembrandt See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System Noiseless Wide Range Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was included in the first syndicated television presentation of a package of major studio feature films on USA television; it premiered in Baltimore Friday 6 August 1948 on WMAR (Channel 2), followed by Philadelphia Friday 13 August 1948 on WFIL (Channel 6), by Boston Sunday 22 August 1948 on WBZ (Channel 4), by Chicago Monday 30 August 1948 on WGN (Channel 9), by Los Angeles Tuesday 7 September 1948 on KTLA (Channel 5), by Cleveland Sunday 19 September 1948 on WEWS (Channel 5), by Salt Lake City Sunday 10 October 1948 on KDYL (Channel 4), by New York City Friday November 5, 1948 on WPIX (Channel 11), by Atlanta Wednesday 26 January 1949 on WSB (Channel 8) and by Dayton Monday 23 May 1949 on WHIO (Channel 13). The package consisted of 24 Alexander Korda productions originally released theatrically between 1933 and 1942. See more »

Goofs

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.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: In the seventeenth century Holland was a world power, her ships carried treasure to Amsterdam from all parts of the earth. But her proudest glory was the son of a miller from Leyden, Rembrandt Van Rijn, the greatest painter that has ever lived. He died in obscurity, his belongings no more than a few shillings.

Today no millionaire is worth the money the works of Rembrandt would realise, if ever offered for sale. See more »

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a great artist's biography
8 October 2001 | by didi-5See all my reviews

Truly wonderful and worth all the plaudits piled on this film after sixty-odd years. Laughton was arguably never better than in this role and has able support from Elsa Lanchester, Gertrude Lawrence (fascinating to see her and she made few films and they are rarely seen nowadays), the Livesey clan etc etc. A film of atmosphere, of clarity, and of soul, like a Rembrandt painting in fact. Marvellous.


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