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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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Germany | Finland | Netherlands

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English

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21 October 2009 (USA) See more »

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$100,000 (estimated)
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Dolby SR (RCA Sound System)

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Color | Color (HDCAM)

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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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Greenaway far away?
29 December 2009 | by stenssonSee all my reviews

He has his big fascination for the 1600s and his movies have many times been composed like a painting from the time. Both the arrangement of actors, the light and the color.

This time Greenaway seems to have taken the full consequences of it and presents the story behind Rembrandt's "Nightwatching" as some kind of detective plot. Cynical, brutal of course and with lots of naked bodies.

But there's mannerism in it now and letting the actors use a body language and way of talking like it was today, has this time stopped functioning. Greenaway is now in desperate need of renewing his arrangements, his lights and his colors. We are slowly having enough.


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