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390 Ratings

Rembrandt's J'accuse

Directed by Peter Greenaway
Netherlands, 2008
Documentary, Avant-Garde, Mystery

Synopsis

Behind Rembrandt’s masterpiece “The Night Watch” lies an intricate conspiracy. Peter Greenaway’s fierce criticism of today’s visual illiteracy is argued by means of a forensic search of the painting, discovering the many clues hidden in the canvas which reveal vendettas, corruption and power games.

Our take

With this polemical inquiry into Rembrandt’s famous painting “The Night Watch,” British provocateur and notorious pedant Peter Greenaway delves deep into the concept of truth. A witty film essay exploring the way we look at and understand art, colored with absurd appearances by Greenaway himself.

Rembrandt's J'accuse Directed by Peter Greenaway

Critics reviews

Certainly Mr. Greenaway’s movie will work for, or perhaps on, only the attentive. His filmmaking style, with its accretions of images and text (and words words words), requires focus.
October 20, 2009
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Rigorous and enthralling.
October 20, 2009
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