Charles Laughton once again teams up with Korda for this moving, elegantly shot biopic about the Dutch painter. Beginning when Rembrandt’s reputation was at its height, the film then tracks his quiet descent into loneliness and isolated self-expression.
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In the guise of a lavishly produced artist biopic is a harrowing film about the world as binding str(u/i)cture (those geometric tiles, the gridlike architecture, the camera frame & the painter's within) in which one's only portion is the finding of happiness in one's works (Eccl.) however vain even this may be. And those eerie death-portending painting scenes are worthy of Hazlitt painting his moribund father
Go to Wikipedia to see Rembrandt's self portraits and you'll understand Charles Laughton's unbelievable performance here. I also loved the scene when he paints from memory his wife Saskia's portrait a few hours after her death. Haunting. Strongly recommended.
Charles Laughton and Alexander Korda team three years after Henry VIII for another excellent bio, this time of Dutch master Rembrandt, whose life is boiled down to a few tragedies, whimsical monologues, and famous paintings. One of Laughton's best performances, but a money loser for Korda and London Films.
the finest performance of Charles Laughton's successful career. script could be more detailed. I'd like to learn much about Rembrandt. /
'And of a sudden he knew that when one woman gives herself to you, you possess all women. Women of every age and race and kind, and more than that, the moon, the stars, all miracles and legends are yours. '
Korda's final "private lives" film is an excellent biography about the famous painter and the admiration he received from people around him. The main focus of this great film is the hardships he endured throughout his life as a poor artist enslaved to work by strict commission while dealing with personal relationship troubles.