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Nightwatching (2007)

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An extravagant, exotic and moving look at Rembrandt's romantic and professional life, and the controversy he created by the identification of a murderer in the painting 'The Night Watch'.

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Peter Greenaway

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Peter Greenaway
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Freeman ... Rembrandt van Rijn
Emily Holmes ... Hendrickje
Eva Birthistle ... Saskia
Jodhi May ... Geertje
Toby Jones ... Gerard Dou
Jonathan Holmes ... Ferdinand Bol
Michael Teigen ... Carel Fabritius
Kevin McNulty ... Hendrick Uylenburgh
Agata Buzek ... Titia Uylenburgh
Natalie Press ... Marieke
Fiona O'Shaughnessy ... Marita
Reimer van Beek Reimer van Beek ... Titus - newborn
Robert Zalecki Robert Zalecki ... Titus - 4 months
Kacper Kasiecki Kacper Kasiecki ... Titus - toddler
Anna Antonowicz Anna Antonowicz ... Catharina
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The year 1642 marks the turning point in the life of the famous Dutch painter, Rembrandt, turning him from a wealthy respected celebrity into a discredited pauper. At the insistence of his pregnant wife Saskia, Rembrandt has reluctantly agreed to paint the Amsterdam Musketeer Militia in a group portrait that will later become to be known as The Nightwatch. He soon discovers that there is a conspiracy afoot with the Amsterdam merchants playing at soldiers maneuvering for financial advantage and personal power in, that time, the richest city in the Western World. Rembrandt stumbles on a foul murder. Confident in the birth of a longed-for son and heir, Rembrandt is determined to expose the conspiring murderers and builds his accusation meticulously in the form of the commissioned painting, uncovering the seamy and hypocritical side to Dutch Society in the Golden Age. Rembrandt's great good fortune turns. Saskia dies. Rembrandt reveals the accusation of murder in the painting and the ... Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for strong sexual content, graphic nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | Poland | Canada | Netherlands

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 November 2007 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

Nattvakten See more »

Filming Locations:

Poland See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,500,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$698,544
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This film's "Nightwatching" title is only one word long unlike its source of inspiration, "The Night Watch" painting by Rembrant (Rembrandt van Rijn), which is two words long. See more »

Goofs

At 1:36:42 Rembrandt says that Geertje doesn't wash herself. Just 1 minute later he says he saw her undressing to wash. See more »

Quotes

Titia Uylenburgh: Women in the 17th century are allowed to smoke, write, correspond with Descartes, wear spectacles, insult the Pope, and breast-feed babies.
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Spin-off Rembrandt's J'Accuse (2008) See more »

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Rembrandt his Life and a bit of Nightwatching
4 January 2010 | by mrcibuburSee all my reviews

Although this is a dull movie overall and very slow paced, I have watched it through a couple of times and i did enjoy it. Not sure what message peter Greenway is trying to convey (I haven't seen his previous films) and I am not knowledgeable of the Rembrandt paintings. I suspect Greenway recognized a story in this one and went for it. There is nudity and sex acts performed but none more so than Dorian Gray. All works of art even by Shakespeare in literature and as with the Nighwatch, what this film tells us in 16th century life, are commissions; was Rembrandt really painting with any true freedom? The film is sponsored by the Uk Film council, lots of fine British actors appearing such as Martin Freeman, but I didn't get the connection with Poland and the involvement of the Polish film Insitute. the 'murder' (or military accident) ? was integral to the story of the film and Rembrandt purposefully includes 'him' in the painting to the exclusion of others who had supposedly commissioned the painting in the first instant. the film doesn't reach any great heights and is definitely one to watch on DVD, not at the cinema and perhaps in stages when you are in the 'mood' for it. Might pay special attention to check the painting when I am next in Amsterdam.


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