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Nightwatching/Rembrandt’s J’Accuse

Synopsis
In NIGHTWATCHING Peter Greenaway explores the life of Rembrandt in a biographical feature that uses the 1642 painting The Night Watch as a launching point to explore the 17th Century artist’s life from an entirely new perspective. Martin Henderson assumes the role of the prolific painter, with Eva Birthistle, Jodhi May, and Emily Holmes in the roles of his wife and mistresses respectively. (138 minutes)

REMBRANDT’S J’ACCUSE is 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 The Night Watch. He argues that the painting contains an accusation of murder and analyses the mysteries in the work that may have caused Rembrandt’s downfall. Greenaway explains the background, the context, the conspiracy, the murder and the motives of all its 34 painted characters who conspired to kill for their combined self-advantage. He leads us through Rembrandt’s paintings into 17th century Amsterdam, a world that seemed democratic in principle but was almost entirely ruled by twelve families, and he questions the image of these regents as being charitable and compassionate. (88 minutes)
Language
English
Country
Finland
Year of release
2010
Year of production
2008
Subjects
Art; Film studies
Keywords
art - Dutch; history of art; Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669); Greenaway, Peter

Online availability

URI
http://www.indiemoviesonline.com/watch-movies/rembrandt%27s-j%27accuse
Price
free
Delivery
Streamed

Credits

Director
Peter Greenaway
Writer
Peter Greenaway
Cast
Emily Holmes 
Eva Birthistle 
Jodhi May 
Martin Henderson 

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£15.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
138 + 88 minutes
Year
2011

Distributor

Name

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Name

Axiom Films International

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Fax
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Notes
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