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 ...
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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
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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I share Greenaway's fascination with the the Icarus and Daedalus flight myth, thew way they have been portrayed in art, and heartily recommend the print monographs he has done on that topic.
Greenaway takes us full off the rails with J'Accuse. It is all his visual interpretation skills applied to what maybe an insane and paranoid conspiracy theory, or an intentional puzzle left for us by the genius of Rembrandt.
is he right or wrong? Take your pick. Are we delving into the hidden mind of Rembrandt, or solely into Greenaways point of view? In the end it doesn't matter. It is the journey Greenaway takes us though, which is undeniably exquisite.
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