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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'.

Director:

Peter Greenaway

Writer:

Peter Greenaway
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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
Anja Antonowicz Anja Antonowicz ... Catharina (as Anna Antonowicz)
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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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The film has an associated companion piece documentary called Rembrandt's J'Accuse (2008) which is also directed by Peter Greenaway and debuted about a year after this narrative film. See more »

Goofs

At 1:06:37 Rembrandt says Marita threw herself of the roof of the Westerkerk. Earlier in the movie Marieke said that it was Marieke's mother who jumped of the Westerkerk. See more »

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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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New angle to everything you know about Greenway and... Rembrant?
21 April 2008 | by melnikoviSee all my reviews

Not as visually complex as 'Prosperos' Books', not as intriguing as 'Draughtsman's Contract', not as innovative as 'The Suitcases', 'Nightwatching' is however a little of everything and, of cause, more.

There are references to the earlier films, most obviously - to the 'Contract', the latest are so strong that sometimes one may think it is a deep 'remake' of that earliest Greenways' work.

While the presentation is generally easier-going then in some previous films, it does not mean loss of depth and loads of small details (for which the film deserves a HD version - something to appear, probably, in the year 2107?). Like all Greenway films, this one to be watched many times to discover new and new layers.

The historic plot is doubtful however neither naive nor unrealistic. And most likely it is just a canvas to put the ideas on: which present in numbers.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

2 November 2007 (Poland) See more »

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Filming Locations:

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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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