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. '
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
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.
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.