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Nightwatching (2007)
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Director:Peter Greenaway Producer:Kees Kasander Screenplay by:Peter Greenaway  Music by:Włodek Pawlik Cinematography:Reinier van Brummelen Edited by:Karen Porter Running time:134 min. Country:Canada/France/Germany/Poland/
Netherlands/United Kingdom
 Language:English Genre:Biography, Drama, History   Subtitle:English 

Starring: Martin Freeman as Rembrandt, Eva Birthistle as Saskia van Uylenburg, Jodhi May as Geertje Dircx,
Emily Holmes as Hendrickje Stoffels
, Toby Jones as Gerard Dou, Agata Buzek as Titia Uylenburgh, Natalie Press as Marieke,
Fiona O''Shaughnessy as Marita
, Adrian Lukis as Frans Banning Cocq,

Michael Culkin as Herman Wormskerck, Christopher Britton as Rombout Kemp

 
 


     Nightwatching is a 2007 film about the artist Rembrandt and the creation of his painting The Night Watch. The film is directed by Peter Greenaway and stars Martin Freeman as Rembrandt, with Eva Birthistle as his wife Saskia van Uylenburg, Jodhi May as his lover Geertje Dircx, and Emily Holmes as his other lover Hendrickje Stoffels. Reinier van Brummelen is the director of photography. James Willcock, known for his esoteric sets, is the art director.


     The film is described by co-producer Jean Labadie as "a return to the Greenaway of The Draughtsman''s Contract." It features Greenaway''s trademark neoclassical compositions and graphic sexuality. The music is by Włodek Pawlik. The film premiered in competition, at the Venice Film Festival. Nightwatching is the first feature in Greenaway''s film series "Dutch Masters". The following film in the series is Goltzius and the Pelican Company. An associated work by the same director is the documentary film Rembrandt''s J''Accuse (2008), in which Greenaway addresses 34 "mysteries" associated with the painting, illustrated by scenes from the drama.


     The film is centred on the creation of The Night Watch, Rembrandt''s most famous work, depicting civilian militiamen who wanted to be celebrated in a group portrait. The film posits a conspiracy to murder within the musketeer regiment of Frans Banning Cocq and Willem van Ruytenburch, and suggests 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.


     The film also depicts Rembrandt''s personal life, and suggests he suffered serious consequences in later life as a result of the accusation contained in his most famous painting.


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รางวัล:6 wins & 5 nominations.

 

 

Leo Awards 2008

Won
Leo
Best Overall Sound in a Feature Length Drama
Tony Gort 
Greg Stewart 
Roger Morris 
Ken Biehl 
Best Sound Editing in a Feature Length Drama
Tony Gort 
Roger Morris 
Ken Biehl 
Ian Mackie 
Don Harrison 
 

Nederlands Film Festival 2007

Won
Golden Calf
Best Screenplay of a Feature Film (Beste Scenario)
Peter Greenaway 
Best Production Design (Beste Production Design)
Maarten Piersma 
Nominated
Golden Calf
Best Film (Beste Lange Speelfilm)
Kees Kasander 
Best Director (Beste Regie)
Peter Greenaway 
Best Cinematography (Beste Camera)
Reinier van Brummelen 
 

Polish Film Awards 2008

Nominated
Eagle
Best Costume Design (Najlepsze Kostiumy)
Marrit van der Burgt 
Jagna Janicka 
 

Venice Film Festival 2007

Won
Mimmo Rotella Foundation Award
Peter Greenaway 
Won
Open Prize
Peter Greenaway 
Nominated
Golden Lion
Peter Greenaway 
 
 

Peter Greenaway''s best film and my favorite
10/10
Author: Galina from Virginia, USA
13 October 2009

I love Rembrandt''s work and can spend hours at the museums or galleries watching his paintings, these myriads of color brown shades, the contrast of lights and shadow that makes the faces of his models mesmerizing even if they don''t have classical features, the perfect arrangement and settings of the frames that make his paintings (and drawings, and prints) cinematographic and him - a forerunner of movie making back in the 17th Century. There is warm healing energy that his paintings radiate. I admire Peter Greenaway, the true painter turned film director, the possessor of unique style, the master of exquisite frames, the creator of feasts for eyes, ears, and brains. Greenaway''s decision to make a film dedicated to the Europe most outstanding Artist, his life, loves, and his most mysterious and dramatic painting, Nightwatching, proved to be the best Greenaway''s film I''ve seen.

Once I started watching the film last night, I could not take my eyes off the screen. I always look forward to seeing Peter Greenaway''s film but Nightwatching is his masterpiece. It is my favorite of his work, and it goes to my top favorite films ever. It is long, yes, 135 minutes but I did not want it to end. Besides being as beautiful as any Greenaway''s film, it covers so many subjects and does it so stunningly and brilliantly that it literally took my breath away. It includes a mystery behind the famous painting that the historians of Art have tried to solve for over 300 years, and it paints the canvas of life and times of the greatest Painter ever (yes, for me Rembrandt is IT), in the style that Rembrandt himself would''ve appreciated, and it succeeds in everything it was set to achieve, first and foremost being enormously entertaining. But the main reason why I LOVE the film, it did something I never thought a Greenaway''s film would do - it almost reduced me to tears. I did not know he had it in him - to make a film not only clever and intelligent, sharp and satirical, gorgeous and exquisite, no big surprise here, but also gentle, passionate, full of love and tenderness, divine and earthy, and to make me fell in love with the screen Rembrandt, the flawed, loud, lusty, earthy man (outstanding superlative performance by Martin Freeman, he even looks like Rembrandt van Rijn) as much as I have been already in love with Rembrandt the Artist. It is not just a feast for brain, eyes, and ears but the food for soul, for feelings. How dare some viewers and critics call it boring? There is love, beauty, the blackest darkness, the glowing light, intrigue, mystery, crimes, history, grandeur, compassion, sex, sins, depiction of all stages of creative process and relationship between the Artist and his work, and there is Art of the highest quality in the film. There is so much to talk about; the movie provides endless references to works of Art. I just have to mention how masterfully Greenaway refers to three major loves of Rembrandt, three women he was connected to, was inspired by, and immortalized in his paintings. There is Saskia van Uylenburgh, his wife, the love of his life, his soul mate, the woman whom Rembrandt described his feelings for as "close and dear relative that he''d known and needed all his life" as Minerva in the beginning of the film. Later on, after Saskia''s death, there was Geertje Dircx, with whom Rembrandt experienced the intense mostly physical affair, and to whom he had given some of Saskia''s jewelry. Geertje can be seen laying on the bed in the same exactly pose as Danae on one of the St. Petersburg Hermitage most celebrated paintings. And then there was Hendrickje Stoffels, Rembrandt''s last love whom he''d known since she started to work as a maid in his household in her early youth. Hendrickje sat for the paintings of Flora and Bathsheba among others. At one point, we see her striking the pose of A Woman bathing in a Stream from London National Gallery. I see these references to the Rembrandt art as just a few gifts for a grateful viewer from the hundreds the film has to offer. This is the best biography film I''ve seen. Nightwatching is the movie that makes me believe in cinema. Everything I ever wanted from a film, Nightwatching has and even much much more. One of a kind, it is a marvel, unsurpassable.

Fascinating, brings Rembrandt alive

10/10
Author: oOgiandujaOo from United Kingdom
19 January 2012

Briefly, the plot of Nightwatching is about Rembrandt''s uncovering of a conspiracy during his painting of his most famous work the Night Watch. Just as importantly it''s about the three loves of his life.

I''ve tried to review this film in the context of Peter Greenaway''s directing career as it''s pretty critical to my appreciation. As much an artwork as any film itself, with a director who has had a long career, is how all the artworks come together as a ghost of their creator. The power of women over men is something that Greenaway has always reflected on in his films, and in that context Nightwatching represents a mellowing of his gaze. Always fascinated by women destroying men or cuckolding them in some way, Greenaway has made a film where the central character of the painter Rembrandt lives amongst women, and whilst often bewildering to him, they are companions. There are remnants of the past style at the beginning of the movie where during a family meal all the women in the room chant together, "Contemporary women are permitted to smoke, write, correspond with Descartes, wear spectacles, insult the Pope, and breast-feed babies.". The result here is charming as opposed to alarming. A far cry from "Deadman''s Catch" in Drowning By Numbers (1988), a catching game where players are successively handicapped for missing catches, and finally wrapped in a winding sheet (traditionally used for corpses) when they lose. The women escape unscathed, perfect catchers, people that exist in some sort of harmony with life, who can find a place and a rhythm. In Nightwatching women still have that rhythm but they don''t end up murdering their husbands! On the other hand Rembrandt does have to defend Hendrikje Stoffels from the advances of the callow and the licentious, and women, though with this rhythm are victims of men rather than succubi.

Another echo is a reference to cuckoldry, when Rembrandt discourses on how Potiphar was a cuckold who, "...slept with young men in order to avoid the temptation of his wife trying to screw Joseph". Apparently the Jewish tradition relating to Potiphar related in the Talmud, is that Potiphar bought Joseph as a catamite. Rembrandt learnt this from a rabbi friend of his, an interesting fact in a very well researched movie.

I''ve seen many Rembrandt drawings and paintings in museums, but I never knew that he had actually produced a small number of erotic works, which is something that Greenaway draws out in his extremely ribald Rembrandt. A fierce critic of Rembrandt, Andries Pel, who despised Rembrandt''s realism, in 1681 wrote of his females nudes, "...the traces of the lacings of the corsets on the stomach, of the garters on the legs must be visible if nature was to get her due.". Rembrandt''s fascination with this sort of thing is again picked up on by Greenaway.

When I went to the Rijkmuseum in Amsterdam and stood in front of the Night Watch, I very much felt that the men in the painting were poseurs and dandies and that I had no interest in the painting because of this. That though was precisely Rembrandt''s point, and Greenaway really helped to bring the painting and much of his other work alive. Something that Greenaway has said about this film is that Amsterdam for a time in the 1640s was a place of unregulated wealth gathering by a handful of civil dynasties, similar to modern Russia.

I felt that in line with what I''m saying about mellowing and maturity, the choice of composer Giovanni Solamar, who is far less famous than frequent collaborator Michael Nyman, follows along the same trajectory, the music is far less flashy, but somehow full of confusion and elegiac tones, more consistent with a film from an older and wiser filmmaker.

I felt that I could connect with Rembrandt''s grief at the death of his wife Saskia, and that there was something quite special about that. Despite the fact that Greenaway manages to build scarce suspense around the uncovering of the treachery that Rembrandt seeks to expose, I think it''s a film that I will remember forever, with several, to my mind, iconic scenes. I think it helped immensely in my taking in of the film that Martin Freeman looks so much like Rembrandt, especially with the care and attention the hairdressers heaped upon him, something that''s quite critical when you have a man so famous for self-portraiture.








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