Rembrandt 1936

Rembrandt

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Seventeenth-century painter Rembrandt van Rijn (Charles Laughton) suffers the loss of his wife. After an affair with the housekeeper, he finds lasting companionship with his housemaid (Elsa Lanchester), causing widespread scandal. Rembrandt's unwillingness to shill his paintings for commercial gain leads to financial difficulty. He navigates between the world of kings and queens and that of lowly beggars, finding his place as an artist. The death of his second wife devastates the painter.

Cast & Crew

Charles Laughton
Rembrandt van Rijn
Elsa Lanchester
Hendrickje Stoffels
Roger Livesey
Beggar Saul
Raymond Huntley
Ludwick
John Clements
Govaert Flinck
Marius Goring
Baron Leivens
Abraham Sofaer
Dr. Menasseh
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Critic Reviews for Rembrandt

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Audience Reviews for Rembrandt

  • Nov 02, 2011
    Another early work of the great Alexander Korda and the second collaboration between him and Charles Laughton. "Rembrandt" didn't quite enjoy the success of the earlier made "The Private Life of Henry VIII" but is still a fascinating and engaging biopic of the great artist and his struggles. Charles Laughton delivers another nuanced and heartfelt performance as the struggling artistic genius. Laughton's own wife at the time plays his character's wife Hendrickje Stoffels who gives Rembrandt a little happiness after years of agonizing since his first wife's tragic death. The film uses light and shadow much like Rembrandt's own works to great use in the film and really showcases the rewards and hardships of being creatively independent and true to yourself. While the other painters make what their buyers want and profit greatly from it, Rembrandt makes what he wants and what speaks to him and is met with disdain from his clients which in turn ruins him financially. This is a great biopic about artistic expression and everything that goes with it!
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  • Feb 04, 2006
    [font=Century Gothic]"Rembrandt" starts out in 1642 in Amsterdam where Rembrandt von Rijn(Charles Laughton) is a famous and successful painter living with his ailing wife and son. He lives to paint what he loves which includes his beloved wife, Saskia, but he has been persuaded to take a commission to paint a portrait of the Royal Guard. His wife dies sending him into a deep depression. To make matters worse, his portrait is judged to be a failure, at least as far as the subjects are concerned.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]"Rembrandt" is an early biopic, so I was pleasantly surprised to see that it concerned itself so much with artisitic integrity. Rembrandt simply wants to be in a position where he can paint what he pleases, damn the commercial value. True artsists create art for the pleasure of it, not for the money. And Charles Laughton is absolutely phenomenal.[/font]
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