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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 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
Anja Antonowicz Anja Antonowicz ... Catharina (as Anna Antonowicz)
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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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Language:

English

Release Date:

2 November 2007 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

Nattvakten See more »

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Poland See more »

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Budget:

$7,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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Goofs

At 1:06:37 Rembrandt says Marita threw herself of the roof of the Westerkerk. Earlier in the movie Marieke said that it was Marieke's mother who jumped of the Westerkerk. 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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Spin-off Rembrandt's J'Accuse (2008) See more »

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An excellent Greenaway production!
17 September 2010 | by disconut73See all my reviews

Once again, Peter Greenaway has created a film that holds your attention, and tells a story in a very captivating way.

What I found most ironic, and what really bowled me over, was how "unexperimental" this film seemed. After his recent directorial forays ("8 1/2 Women" and the "Tulse Luper Suitcases" come to mind), "Nightwatching" will seem unexpectedly boring in comparison. One might anticipate a visual spectacle, an overwhelming of the senses as seems to be Greenaway's modus operandi. The real richness of "Nightwatching" is in the little things, the simplest of details, and the pure joy of watching a master working within a more traditional cinematic framework.

When I think of the impact "Nightwatching" had on me initially, I am reminded of a similar experience when I recently viewed Lars Von Trier's "Antichrist". I was rather caught off-guard by "Antichrist's" lack of overt experimentation. But as someone who appreciates subtlety and nuance in film, I felt my time was well-spent. Plus, there's nothing I like more than walking away feeling as if I haven't been spoon-fed a story, that I've been allowed to use my BRAIN, and fill in the blanks a bit as the story moves along.

I find it doubly ironic that this film was released internationally in 2007, and only recently released domestically in the US (2010), and to lukewarm reviews at best. Greenaway is an artist never to be underestimated, and I implore you to give this film your utmost attention. It's also kinda cool to see Greenaway "geek out" a bit -- he's so obsessed with Remembrandt and all things Dutch, enjoy!


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