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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'.

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Peter Greenaway

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Peter Greenaway
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Cast

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
Anna Antonowicz Anna Antonowicz ... Catharina
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Storyline

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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UK | Poland | Canada | Netherlands

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 November 2007 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

Nattvakten See more »

Filming Locations:

Poland See more »

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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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Trivia

Co-producer Jean Labadie has described this film as being "a return to the Greenaway of The Draughtsman's Contract (1982)". 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 »

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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Followed by Goltzius and the Pelican Company (2012) See more »

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A movie that could be framed on a museum
27 December 2013 | by acnovoSee all my reviews

I'm really amazed with the work Peter Greenaway did in this movie. I have seen most of his films and this one is now my favourite. It's impressive the way the made every frame a moving Rembrandt's painting. This is pure art cinema. The story is told in a creative way, you can understand the clever mind of Rembrandt, follow his steps in his life focused on his most famous painting "The Night Watch", it could be a "slow" movie but the way "Rembrandt" tells the story makes it smooth; dramatic, funny, and smart. I could frame this movie on a museum. The "Holland" world is perfectly shown, the costume design is superb; every single detail in the movie takes you to 1642. To appreciate this movie you must know who Peter Greenaway is and understand why "cinema" is the 7th art.


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