Synopsis: 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 consp
Director(s): Peter Greenaway
Production: Kasander Film Company
  6 wins & 5 nominations.
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134 min

- Geertje, that's enough.

- Geertje's not old-fashioned.

She wears breeches

between her legs

and garters below her knees.

- And how do you know that,

Hendrickje Stoffels?

- Because

she's a very observant girl.


what have you got there?

- My accounts...

"Contemporary women

are permitted to smoke, write...

Correspond with Descartes,

wear spectacles, insult the pope,

and breast-feed babies."

- And conduct business

with men of substance.

- Oh, I'm a man of substance.

- Mm. Visscher has a list.

- Oh...

He has 12 officers interested.

- No, I'm not going to do it.

- Yes, you are.

At 60 guilders each.

- No, I'm not.

Anyway, that's too low a price.

- Yes, you are,

and it's 720 guilders.

- I'm not. I'm busy.

"Ecce Homo" till May.

"Washing of the Hands" till June.

"Saint Veronica" by August.

- You have

such devoted supporters.

- And then print editions

of the same.

- With golden angels.

I need to find a golden angel.


You are modelling Magdalene.

- There was no record

of her being pregnant.

Perhaps Hendrickje

can be an angel?

- Are you pregnant, Hendrickje?

- Angels should be innocent.

- What, even in the 17th century?

- But l-l-I am innocent.


(cows lowing)

- Painting soldiers

will make me blind.

Blind and fingerless.

Both my father and my brother

had their fingers blown off

by the Dutch artillery -

and not by being shot at,

but by shooting at!

- Rembrandt.

- And painting repetitious rows

of smiling part-time soldiers

is boring

and certainly bad for the eyes.

Not one of them's

ever fired a musket in anger,

though all of them claim

to have pulled

the King of Spain's fucking beard!

- Here's our captain, Piers Hasselburg,

and our lieutenant,

Jean Egremont.

- Van Rijn.

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Peter Greenaway

Peter Greenaway, CBE (born 5 April 1942 in Newport, Wales) is a British film director, screenwriter, and artist. His films are noted for the distinct influence of Renaissance and Baroque painting, and Flemish painting in particular. Common traits in his film are the scenic composition and illumination and the contrasts of costume and nudity, nature and architecture, furniture and people, sexual pleasure and painful death. more…

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