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In the year 1642, Rembrandt reluctantly agrees to paint the Amsterdam Musketeer Militia in a group portrait that will later come to be known as the Nightwatch and stumbles upon a treacherous murder plot.


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Dobrila_T Jun 27, 2017

A visually accomplished story about how one of Rembrandt's most widely known paintings came to be.

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Jun 22, 2013

This is a 2007 film about the artist Rembrandt and the creation of his painting "The Night Watch."
It is written and directed by Peter Greenaway.
The film is supposed to be centered on the creation of "The Night Watch"---Rembrandt's most famous work, depicting civilian militiamen who wanted to be celebrated in a group portrait.
It is said that the film posits a conspiracy to murder within the musketeer regiment of Frans Banning Cocq and Willem van Ruytenburch, and that Rembrandt may have immortalized a conspiracy theory using subtle allegory in his group portrait of the regiment, subverting what was to have been a highly prestigious commission for both painter and subject.
Due to the art director James Willcock who's known for his esoteric sets, the atmosphere and the historical background of the film looks quite attractive and fascinating, which makes me expect more exciting parts coming, but alas! I waited, waited, waited ... for an hour while yawning a dozen times.
Unfortunately, nothing interesting comes up after an hour, and I quit watching.
A series of baby crying and a lot of swearing are simply distractions, which don't make the film meaningful at all.
After all, the screen play seems a total flop that has disappointed me profoundly.
I think I've simply wasted an hour and can't stand it any longer.

May 12, 2012

Too much talking about nothing is what immediately came to mind. The man who plays Rembrandt is very annoying as well. I found this film very difficult to like and get into.

Dec 31, 2009

Fair – Nightwatching (2007) 134 min. The film looks at a point in time in the life of the Dutch painter, Rembrandt (played by Martin Freeman) specifically around the completion of the painting “The Night Watch (1642)”. Peter Greenaway, the director of this picture, does not present the film in the usual way – he uses theatrical vistas and characters speaking directly to the camera to engage the audience. Some scenes look exactly like a play set. I found this rather distracting and went against my idea of what a film is supposed to look like. The thin plot of the film is buried in the multitude of unrelated subplots making this film difficult to watch. Reviewed as fair as this film technique is worth experiencing academically speaking but may not be enjoyable as a feature film – it wasn’t for me.

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