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Friday, March 09, 2018

Rembrandt - film 1936

Despite its age, this classic film is actually a very touching story of the painter’s life. 
I’ve never heard of Charles Laughton, apparently he’s one of the greatest actors. I liked him a lot in the film. 

I’m not entirely sure if ‘The Night Watch’ was received by public as poorly as the film depicts. Also, I can’t help but have a feeling that it’s a bit too shallow. On the other hand, it’s almost impossible to pack everything in 90 min film. 

The most moving scene is when Rembrandt tried to finish the portrait of Hendrickje, by then very sick, both recounting when he first met her and asked her to sit as a model. 

Broken and penniless, the film ends when he paints his self-portrait, reciting the words of King Solomon. 

“Vanity of vanities! All is vanity.”

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