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443 Ratings


Directed by Peter Greenaway
United Kingdom, 2007
Biography, Drama, Thriller


An exotic and moving look at Rembrandt’s romantic and professional life, and the controversy he created by the identification of a murderer in the painting “The Night Watch.”

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Nightwatching Directed by Peter Greenaway

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

2007 | 2 wins including: Mimmo Rotella Foundation Award

Polish Film Awards

2008 | Nominee: Best Costume Design

What are people saying?

  • PFL's rating of the film Nightwatching

    Boasting an excellent cast, led by the outstanding Martin Freeman (who brings a strong sense of humanity to the central role), 'Nightwatching' is a frequently remarkable film. Shot in Greenaway's distinctive, theatre-like world, this absorbing movie is in turns sad, repulsive and profound. It has a rawness and spark very rarely found in period films. Pawlik's haunting score works wonderfully too.

  • Nick Potter's rating of the film Nightwatching

    An incredibly fascinating experiment in film. Are we watching a regular story? Are we watching a piece of theatre? Greenaway captures Rembrandt in such a beautiful and artistic way, it truly is remarkable. Has Martin Freeman every come close to this performance since then? That would be hard to imagine. What might do this film the most justice is its surprising intrigue with conspiracies.

  • SPQRNH's rating of the film Nightwatching

    Verbeux et parfois difficile à suivre, cette 'Ronde de nuit' demeure une œuvre prenante où l'on apprend beaucoup sur la genèse du tableau, sur Rembrandt et son travail. La mise en scène originale et la superbe "photo" (ou plutôt "la peinture"?) témoignent du soin de Greenaway et de sa singularité. Vous verrez rarement un film en costume aussi réussi et visuellement beau, où chaque séquence prend des airs de tableau.

  • melancolia's rating of the film Nightwatching

    It was fascinating to watch this. Was it a theatre play? An extensive, creative, innovative explanation of a work of art? Would it be better if every art museum guides could be as colourful, derivative, and informative as this? Darkness permeated the film while Martin Freeman's Rembrandt had a dirty mouth.I really wish I could see more of his acting like in "Nightwatching". I truly believe he can pull it off.

  • Graham Duncan Hill's rating of the film Nightwatching

    Rembrandt uses his painting to expose a murder conspiracy? More like this one please!

  • Joel's rating of the film Nightwatching

    A different piece indeed. It took a moment to adjust to the filming style which allowed me to pause at any moment to capture a painting in motion. I found the first hour quite captivating and the plot fascinating. I couldn't help but enjoy the lead role. The music as well was quite fantastic. Yet the last hour was a bit of a cluster. A Greenway I have found the most easy to get entrenched in.

  • Lights in the Dusk's rating of the film Nightwatching

    Seen in relation to the subsequent Rembrandt's J'Accuse, it seems a masterwork of critical suggestion. Apart, it feels incomplete. While essentially a remake of The Draughtsman's Contract, the film succeeds as both an investigation into the artistic process & as deconstruction of the Dutch master's style. The cinematic reproduction of van Rijn's work is of course exciting, but the human element is no less compelling.

  • Wee Hunk's rating of the film Nightwatching

    Too bad old Rembrandt didn't see 'The Draughtsman's Contract'. It was also about a cocky artist that bites the hand that feeds him. I'm a skeptic, so I have a hard time with believing in conspiracies. You do an unflattering group portrait, and you stop getting commissions. It's not a conspiracy. It's market forces. Also, tastes change.