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Nightwatching

Nightwatching

Peter Greenaway
United Kingdom, Poland, Canada, Netherlands
2007
134 min
n.a.
Retrospective: Peter Greenaway
Synopsis

Why did Rembrandt van Rijn end up in a downward spiral after completing “The Night Watch”? Grief undoubtedly played a role: in the period that he was working on the painting, he lost three children and his wife Saskia. But he also lived beyond his means and threw himself into doomed relationships.

In 2006, for the 400th anniversary of Rembrandt’s birth, Peter Greenaway took the process of creation of Rembrandts most famous painting as the starting point for a rich reflection on art, romance and deceit that attempts to answer crucial questions about the painting. What is that little girl doing among all those men? Who is firing a shot and why? The mysteries have all the makings of a true conspiracy theory.

Starring Martin Freeman as the greedy, intrepid painter, Nightwatching is visually spectacular and an entertaining whodunit. The film won two Golden Calves, for the screenplay and production design.

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Credits
134 min
color
35mm
Spoken languages: English
Director
    Peter Greenaway
    Peter Greenaway
Production
    Kees Kasander
    Kees Kasander
Executive producer
    Jamie Carmichael,
    Grzegorz Hajdarowicz,
    Linda James,
    Larry Sugar,
    Paul Trijbits
    Jamie Carmichael,
    Grzegorz Hajdarowicz,
    Linda James,
    Larry Sugar,
    Paul Trijbits
Co-production
    Carlo Dus,
    Christine Haebler,
    Piotr Mularuk,
    Magdalena Napieracz
    Carlo Dus,
    Christine Haebler,
    Piotr Mularuk,
    Magdalena Napieracz
Cinematography
    Reinier van Brummelen
    Reinier van Brummelen
Editing
    Elmer Leupen
    Elmer Leupen
Sound Design
    Tony Gort
    Tony Gort
Music
    Wlodzimierz Pawlik
    Wlodzimierz Pawlik
Screenplay
    Peter Greenaway
    Peter Greenaway

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