Rembrandts Nachtwache

Documentary | NL 2008 | 87' | DF

It is one of the most famous paintings in the world: Rembrandt’s »Night Watch.« But can it be that millions of visitors to museums, and hundreds of scholars and scientists, have thus far not revealed the secret of the picture? British filmmaker Peter Greenaway (THE BELLY OF AN ARCHITECT) believes he can prove that the painter uncovers a murder conspiracy in his painting. REMBRANDT’S J’ACCUSE is a suspenseful crime investigation docu-drama, and a formal experiment. Greenaway shifts various layers of images and text as if using a computer screen, fixes up evidence, and stages scenes from Rembrandt’s life. A masterful scrutiny of clues that sharpens any viewer’s visual perception.

in cooperation with the KunstFilmBiennale and WDR

Director & Script
Peter Greenaway
Photography
Reinier Van Brummelen
Editor
Elmer Leupen
Production Design
Maarten Piersma
Music
Giovanni Sollima, Marco Robino
Sound
Bram Boers
With
Eva Birthistle, Jodhi May, Emily Holmes, Jonathan Holmes, Michael Teigen, Natalie Press
Producers
Femke Wolting, Bruno Felix
Co-Producers
Kees Kasander
Commissioning Editor WDR
Jutta Krug
Commissioning Editor ArteFrance
Christoph Jörg

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Selected filmography Peter Greenaway

THE FALLS (1980), THE COOK THE THIEF HIS WIFE & HER LOVER (1989), PROSPERO'S BOOKS (1991), THE MAN IN THE BATH (2001), THE TULSE LUPER SUITCASES 1-3 (2003/2004), VISIONS OF EUROPE (2004), A LIFE IN SUITCASES (2005), NIGHTWATCHING (2007), PEOPLING THE PALACES AT VENARIA REALE (2007)