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Rembrandt's J'Accuse...! (2008)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Mystery | 21 October 2009 (USA)
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An 'essayistic' documentary in which Greenaway's fierce criticism of today's visual illiteracy is argued by means of a forensic search of Rembrandt's Nightwatch. Greenaway explains the ... See full summary »

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Peter Greenaway

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Peter Greenaway (scenario)

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Cast overview:
Martin Freeman ... Rembrandt
Eva Birthistle ... Saskia
Jodhi May ... Geertje
Emily Holmes ... Hendrickje
Jonathan Holmes ... Ferdinand Bol
Michael Teigen ... Carel Fabritius
Natalie Press ... Marieke
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An 'essayistic' documentary in which Greenaway's fierce criticism of today's visual illiteracy is argued by means of a forensic search of Rembrandt's Nightwatch. Greenaway explains the background, the context, the conspiracy, the murder and the motives of all its thirty-four painted characters who have conspired to kill for their combined self-advantage. Greenaway leads us through Rembrandt's paintings into seventeenth-century Amsterdam. He paints a world that is democratic in principle, but is almost entirely ruled by twelve families. The notion exists of these regents as charitable and compassionate entities. However, reality was different. Written by Submarine

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Language:

English

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21 October 2009 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$100,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color | Color (HDCAM)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Peter Greenaway: Most people are visually illiterate. Why should it be otherwise? We have a text based culture. Our educational systems teach us to value text over image which is one of the reasons we have such an impoverished cinema.
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Learn about art history
16 June 2018 | by sfdphdSee all my reviews

If you're wondering whether or not to become an art historian, watch this film to help you make the decision. You will either be inspired or realize that art history is not for you. Greenaway examines Rembrandt's painting to such an intense degree that it can seem ludicrous or amazingly astute. He identifies 34 so-called Mysteries about the painting and explains his theories about these mysteries.

I personally found many of his theories far-fetched but was fascinated that someone would go the extent that he went in analyzing a single painting.


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