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Rembrandt's J'accuse

Rembrandt's J'accuse (2008)

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Filmmaker Peter Greenaway explored the life and work of the celebrated Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn in his 2007 drama Nightwatching, and he returns to this theme in the documentary Rembrandt's J'Accuse, in which he presents an in-depth analysis of one of Rembrandt's best-known paintings, 1642's "The Night Watch." With Greenaway offering an onscreen narration through much of the film, the director presents an illustrated lecture on the artist, the painting, and the many circumstances behind it

Sep 15, 2009

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A generally absorbing if sometimes fog-inducing investigation into the mysteries of the Rembrandt painting The Night Watch.

October 23, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Times | Comment (1)
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[Greenaway] once studied to become a painter himself; apparently, he's harbored dreams of being an amateur sleuth as well.

October 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Peering beneath the painted surface and searching in the shadows, tracking that which was cut from the canvas and mapping the network of glances that remain, the filmmaker uncovers a foul, lurid, corrupt, and perversely compelling conspiracy.

October 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Like all Greenaway films, it's not for all tastes.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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More than merely a resource for art historians and students, "Rembrandt's J'Accuse" is a gift from an underestimated genius of cinema. You might just might want to see it a second time.

October 26, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Comment (1)
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What starts out as an audaciously polemical, radically inventive film project ultimately feels more like the most elaborate and earnest art history lecture ever delivered.

October 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Comment (1)
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Peter Greenaway's probing doc proves that a single picture really is worth a thousand words%u2026or an 86-minute film.

October 22, 2009 Full Review Source: Film Journal International | Comment (1)
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This immersive tour of the mortal manipulations fueling Europe's 17th-century cultural capital supplies wit and intellect while it starves the emotions.

October 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Comment (1)
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This Peter Greenaway film is heady, dense and intellectually demanding. Big surprise, eh?

Mixing documentary style with recreations drawn from his companion film "Nightwatching" (which is much easier to watch), Greenaway himself appears onscreen to narrate a wordy, PhD-level dissection of Rembrandt's celebrated painting "The Night Watch." Relying on another of his easily parodied "list" structures, the director proceeds through 34 numbered mysteries surrounding the work, offering explanations that may or may not be fully provable (I am not an art scholar, so I'm not the one to ask). As with "Nightwatching," the central thesis is that Rembrandt embedded clues in his painting to expose an elite Dutch militia group's murder conspiracy. And furthermore, that this daring act of rebellion led to his upper-crust benefactors shunning him -- thus bringing about his financial ruin.
December 26, 2011
Eric Broome

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Peter Greenaway would like to report a murder. As it turns out, it is the ultimate cold case, having happened over 350 years ago. But all the evidence he needs is in The Night Watch, a 1642 painting by Rembrandt(Martin Freeman), currently hanging in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

"Rembrandt's J'Accuse" is a fascinating documentary and reconstruction that brings history to life and has the power to change the way a casual observer looks at artwork by using one painting as a case study. What is the artist trying to convey? There's probably more going on than just a pretty image. At the same time, Greenaway attacks the visual illiteracy in society today(no comment), making this also Greenaway's J'Accuse. Along the way, while also playing the chief inquisitor, he details the answers to 30 mysteries plus one(reminding me a bit of the numbering scheme in his "Drowning by Numbers") in the painting to reveal not only that Piers Hasselburg(Andrzej Seweryn) was murderered when it was made to look like a military accident but also who did it and why, all set upon a wide ranging canvas of local 17th century Dutch politics and history and Europe in general at the time when Holland was a relatively free society. Like today, political assassinations are rare there, bringing to mind the murders of Theo Van Gogh and Pim Fortuyn.

And I'll bet you thought art history was boring. I did.
November 2, 2009
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