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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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Rembrandt van Rijn
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Hendrickje
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Saskia
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Geertje
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Gerard Dou
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Ferdinand Bol
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Carel Fabritius
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Hendrick Uylenburgh
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Titia Uylenburgh
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Marieke
Fiona O'Shaughnessy ...
Marita
Reimer van Beek ...
Titus - newborn
Robert Zalecki ...
Titus - 4 months
Kacper Kasiecki ...
Titus - toddler
Anja Antonowicz ...
Catharina (as Anna Antonowicz)
Harry Ferrier ...
Carl Hasselburg
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Matthias Van Der Meulen
Hugh Thomas ...
Jacob Jorisz
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Jacob de Roy
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Visscher
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Piers Hasselburg
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Egremont
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Rombout Kemp
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Herman Wormskerck
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Jongkind (as Jochum Ten Haaf)
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Engelen
Adrian Lukis ...
Frans Banning Cocq
Adam Kotz ...
Willem van Ruytenburgh
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Floris
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Clement
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Banning Cocq's Mother-in-law
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Frau Hasselburg
Richard McCabe ...
Bloemfeldt
Robert J. Page ...
Actor on stage (as Robert J Page)
Magdalena Gnatowska ...
Orphanage Governess Martha
Alicja Borkowska ...
Orphanage Governess Lotte
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Martin Geyle
Magdalena Smalara ...
Ineke
Aleksandra Lemba ...
Ispidie
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marta Scislowicz
Anja Conti ...
Maid (uncredited)
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Petra (uncredited)
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Herman Ooster (uncredited)
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Directed by

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Peter Greenaway

Written by

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Peter Greenaway ... (written by)

Produced by

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Kim Arnott ... associate producer
Jamie Carmichael ... executive producer
Carlo Dusi ... co-producer
Christine Haebler ... co-producer
Grzegorz Hajdarowicz ... executive producer
Benedicte Hermesse ... line producer
Eliane Huss ... line producer: Wales
Linda James ... executive producer
Kees Kasander ... producer
Lisette Kelder ... assistant line producer
Jenny Mitchell ... assistant producer: UK
Piotr Mularuk ... co-producer
Magdalena Napieracz ... co-producer
Justyna Pawlak ... assistant producer
Larry Sugar ... executive producer
Paul Trijbits ... executive producer
Stéphanie Verger ... assistant line producer

Music by

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Wlodzimierz Pawlik

Cinematography by

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Reinier van Brummelen ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Karen Porter

Editorial Department

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Irma De Vries ... assistant editor
Leander Huizinga ... post-production coordinator: EU
Elmer Leupen ... additional editing
Kryssta Mills ... post-production coordinator: Canada
Ben Willems ... post-production facilities

Casting By

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Corinne Clark
Janusz Gosschalk
Weronika Migon
Tania Polentarutti
Marina Wijn
Peter Wooldridge ... (as Peter Wooldrige)

Production Design by

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Maarten Piersma

Art Direction by

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Rosie Stapel
James Willcock ... (as James Wilcock)

Set Decoration by

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Dory van Noort

Costume Design by

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Jagna Janicka
Marrit van der Burgt ... (as Marrit Van Der Burgt)

Makeup Department

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Gemma Berry ... makeup assistant: Wales
Joanna Bochenska ... makeup assistant: Poland
Malgorzata Dlugosz ... makeup assistant: Poland
Janusz Kaleja ... makeup artist
Sara Meerman ... key hair stylist / key makeup artist
Kate Petersen ... makeup artist: Wales
Marcin Rodak ... makeup artist: Poland
Karolina Wezyk-Labunko ... makeup assistant: Poland
Monika Wisniowska ... makeup assistant: Poland
Olga Wisniowska ... makeup assistant: Poland
Krystyna Zbroszczyk ... makeup assistant: Poland

Production Management

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Andrzej Besztak ... production manager: Poland
Sally Dixon ... post-production supervisor: Canada
Owen Gower ... assistant production manager
Gerry Toomey ... production manager
Jochem van Rijs ... post-production supervisor: EU

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Stacy Fish ... first assistant director
Weronika Migon ... second assistant director: Poland
Nick Murray ... second assistant director: Wales
Mike Rymer ... third assistant director: Wales (as Mike Rhymer)
Piotr Szczerbic ... third assistant director: Poland

Art Department

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Domino Daugherty ... painter
Rob Duiker ... carpenter
Eljo Embregts ... art department coordinator
Lidewij Kapteijn ... construction manager
Edouard Pallardy ... painter
Andrzej Rychtarczyk ... construction manager: Poland
Anna Szymiec ... art department assistant: Netherlands & Poland
Dione van der Hoeven ... head painter
Robin van Eijk ... carpenter
Menno Verduin ... carpenter
Marek Warszewski ... art department assistant: Poland

Sound Department

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Ken Biehl ... backgrounds editor
Brent Calkin ... additional sound mixer
Christopher Cleator ... adr mixer (as Chris Cleator)
Tony Gort ... re-recording mixer / sound designer / sound supervisor
Don Harrison ... foley artist
Maurice Hillier ... production sound mixer
Jeff Jackman ... foley editor
Krzysztof Klimko ... boom operator: Poland
Matt Kunau ... sound consultant: Dolby (as Matthew Kunau)
Ian Mackie ... foley artist
David Maguire ... assistant boom operator: Wales
Hugh Maguire ... boom operator: Wales
Jerzy Matczuk ... boom operator: Poland
Linda McAteer ... post-production sound coordinator
Roger Morris ... adr mixer / dialogue editor
Miguel Nunes ... adr editor
Dorian Pareis ... foley editor
Tom Perry ... re-recording mixer
Josephine Reynolds ... cable boy
Rick Senechal ... foley editor / foley recordist
Greg Stewart ... re-recording mixer
Candisha Story ... adr recordist

Special Effects by

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Doug McCarthy ... special effects (as Doug McCarthey)
Leszek Olbinski ... special effects
Marek Pinkowski ... special effects
Mike Wild ... special effects

Visual Effects by

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Eri Adachi ... rotoscope artist: Rainmaker
Simon Ager ... lead digital compositing artist
Graeme Baitz ... roto lead: Rainmaker
James Ballard ... digital intermediate assistant: Dragon DI
Richie Basilan ... digital compositor
Dan Brittain ... digital compositor
Geoffrey R. Case ... DI colourist: Dragon DI
Valentina Catena ... on-line assistant: Dragon I
Kristin Dearholt ... digital production manager
Maggie Evans ... visual effects producer
Joni Golley ... rotoscope artist (as Joni Williams)
Luis Alejandro Guevara ... visual effects editor
Myfanwy Harris ... digital intermediate assistant: Dragon DI
Peter Hart ... lead matchmove artist
Alex Kyrou ... digital film I/O technician: Rainmaker
Matthias Lowry ... digital compositing artist
Benjamin Miller ... rotoscope artist
Sam Nixon ... senior matchmove artist
Vasho Pekar ... rotoscope artist: Rainmaker
Enrico Perei ... senior digital compositing artist
Lee Pierce ... digital compositing artist
Drew Shields ... senior matchmove artist: Rainmaker
Bruce Steele ... digital effect artist: Dragon DI / lead digital compositing artist
Luke Vallee ... digital compositor
Mike Washburn ... rotoscope artist
Jessica Woods ... roto artist
Paul J. Wright ... scanning and recording manager: Dragon DI

Stunts

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Sandor Bertalan ... stunt double
Sándor Boros ... stunt performer (as Sandor Boros)
László Imre ... stunt team: horses (as Imre Laszlo)
Levente Lezsák ... stunt performer (as Levente Lezsak)
Zbigniew Modej ... stunt coordinator: Wales

Camera and Electrical Department

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Cees Aloserij Jr. ... grip
Cees Aloserij Sr. ... key grip: Wales (as Cees Aloserij)
Ruzbeh Babol ... camera operator
Marcin Bogucki ... electrician: Poland
Kerry Brown ... stills photographer
Piotr Bujnowicz ... stills photographer
Adrian Ciesielski ... electrician: Wales/Poland
Maciej Cyran ... dolly grip
Marek Czpak ... key grip: Poland
Irma De Vries ... video assist
John Dowzell ... electrician: Wales
Via Goeludy ... electrician: Wales
Gaetan Jalbert ... rigging gaffer (as Gaetan [Gates] Jalbert)
Tomasz Kitrasiewicz ... electrician: Poland
Remigiusz Kubiak ... grip
Fabryka Obrazu ... stills photographer
Tadeusz Obuchowicz ... focus puller
Sara Pickett ... technician: HD Viper
Owen Richards ... electrician: Wales
Marek Rolka ... grip equipment
Krzysztof Sankowski ... dolly grip
Peter Smith ... gaffer
Jaroslaw Wierzbicki ... best boy electrician: Poland

Casting Department

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Jessica Kingstone ... background casting: Wales

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Sarah Bozano ... costumes assistant: Netherlands
Rebecca Cunningham ... costumes assistant
Karen de Meijer ... costumes assistant: Netherlands (as Karen De Meijer)
Marcella Hamelinck ... costumes assistant
Rosanna Hoogendoorn ... costumes trainee
Katarzyna Lewinska ... associate costume designer: Poland
Annette Mosk ... costumes assistant: Netherlands
Eleonora Owsianka ... costume master: Poland (as Ela Owsianka)
Ruth Taylor ... costumes trainee
Jookje Zweedijk ... assistant costume designer: Netherlands

Location Management

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Keith Evans ... location trainee
Owen Gower ... location manager
Graham Mathews ... location manager
Anna Palka ... location manager
Simon Pritchard ... location assistant
Richard Williams ... location assistant

Music Department

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Don Mann ... music editor

Other crew

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Jennine Baker ... production accountant
Erik Bakker ... production accountant
Barbara Bruni ... assistant to co-producer: UK
Phil Claydon ... production coordinator: Wales
Robert Croma ... production assistant
Eirlys Dafydd ... set trainee: Wales
Magdalena Daniszewska ... assistant to co-producer: Poland
Anne Derks ... production assistant
Rob Grundy ... armourer
Ineke Kanters ... head of development
Alexandra Keen ... head of legal and business affairs for Contentfilm
Agnieszka Kik ... production coordinator: Poland
Nick Leese ... head of publicity
Graham Mathews ... scout
Jorn Mooij ... production accountant
Claudia Morgado ... script supervisor
Anna Palka ... set manager
Mandy Posthuma ... assistant production accountant
Melissa Ruffle ... production accountant
Marita Ruyter ... assistant: Mr Greenaway
Stefan Rüll ... legal counsel
Joe Sisto ... legal services
Natascha Teunissen ... assistant: Kees Kasander
Claire Warnes ... senior business affairs executive
Haydn Wazelle ... deliveries coordinator
Peter Wooldridge ... dialogue coach

Thanks

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Rob Gray ... thanks
Jenny Mitchell ... in loving memory of

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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 conspirators plan revenge. They set out to discredit him at home and abroad. They plant a treacherous mistress, Geertje, to seduce him. They try to blind him. They plan his social and financial ruin, and to create the circumstances for his slide into penury, insult his young mistress Hendrickje, conspire to destroy his son, and bring Rembrandt to his knees. The bold and courageous painting of the Nightwatch, exceptional in aesthetics and content, is Rembrandt's most celebrated painting, it consolidated his reputation as a master-painter but it also destroyed him socially and financially. Written by Anonymous

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Also Known As
  • Nocna straz (Poland)
  • La ronde de nuit (France)
  • Nightwatching - Das Rembrandt-Komplott (Germany)
  • La ronda de noche (Spain)
  • Rembrandtova nocní hlídka (Czech Republic)
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  • 134 min
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Budget $7,500,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Director Peter Greenaway has said of this film: "The 'painter film' is a small genre of its own: Michelangelo, Rembrandt himself (at least twice), Modigliani, Caravaggio, etc, and none more so than just lately. Picasso, Van Gogh (repeatedly), Bacon, Vermeer, and now Goya have received the treatment. I suppose our major aim in the film Nightwatching, apart from trying to match the Master's mastery of light, is to demonstrate Rembrandt as social moralist: it contains a murder mystery - the unraveling of which is the heart of the film. And also to regard Rembrandt as an inventor of cinema before the Lumière brothers...We tried to rise to the challenge in the film, remaking, with high definition digital tape, that upper right-hand corner space of Velázquez's Las Meninas - the area between the walls and ceiling has been described as the greatest bit of painting ever - a painting which is just and only and magnificently a painting of a block of darkly contrasting air. We, too, attempting a grand response Rembrandt image of light, tried to film a block of air that insubstantially floats, irrespective of walls and ceiling. Godard said that the cinema was the truth 24 frames a second. Can painting go better and say that paintings are the truth for all time? What's a second in cinema time if you can have an eternity in painting time? Cinema has come and gone in 112 years. What, then, is the age of painting?". 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Nightwatching/Rembrandt's J'Accuse (2013). 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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