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A Feature film by Charles Matton

Produced by Ognon Pictures

Release in France : 08/09/1999


    Rembrandt's early works matched the style of the times, so he met with fame the moment he arrived in Amsterdam, without really seeking it. He then marries the beautiful Saskia, and has everything he could wish for. Yet she dies years later, just when the painter's fall from grace begins. He refuses to compromise: when fashion demands light, colorful paintings he insists on thick impasto and shadows. In his private life he shuns all convention. Rembrandt is driven to bankruptcy and destitution by the powers that be, but solitude enables him to achieve the mystical fullness of his art.

    Actors (27)

    Production and distribution (5)

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    France 2 Cinéma

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    Pyramide International

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    When we talk about Rembrandt, we often speak of genius, but rarely of revolution, yet he was the first person in the history of Western art to have fundamentally shaken up the idea of what a painting should be, the first to have changed the relationship between a painting and the person who looks at it. Before Rembrandt, viewers looked at the illusion created by paint. With Rembrandt, we look at paint creating the illusion. Herein lies the revolution. His fierce commitment to new directions and his rebellious way of life, flaunting all conventions, aroused people's suspicions, then their wrath, until all of society was out to get him. It succeeded in doing so, treacherously joining forces to betray him, driving him to bankruptcy and ruin. I wanted the film to reveal all this, and many other little-known things, such as his difficult family troubles (further adding to the chagrin of so many betrayals) and all the children and women that he loved and lost. And yet Rembrandt never lost his monstrous appetite for the 'visible' when it came to life and painting, illustrating as no one else could Nietzsche's phrase "A great work is always made despite all odds."

    Charles Matton – Director

    Photos (4)

    Full credits (17)

    Executive Producer :

    Humbert Balsan

    Adaptation :

    Charles Matton

    Foreign producers :

    Vibeke Windelov, Peter Van Vogelpoel, Eric Schutt

    Sound recordists :

    Bernard Bats, Patrice Grisolet, Dominique Hennequin

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Dominique Segall

    Assistant editors :

    Annick Raoul, Carlos Pinto

    Production Designer :

    Philippe Chiffre

    Costume designer :

    Ève-Marie Arnault

    Location Manager :

    Nicolas Picard

    Assistant directors :

    Christopher Granier-Deferre, Corinne Le Hong, Eve Kirchner

    Screenwriter :

    Sylvie Matton

    Director of Photography :

    Pierre Dupouey

    Sound Assistant :

    Pierre-Yves Bruneel

    Editor :

    François Gédigier

    Continuity supervisor :

    Nancy Rivas

    Music Composers :

    Nicolas Matton, Hervé Postic

    Sound Mixer :

    Emmanuel Croset

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    Feature film

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    Art, Painting

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    Majority French (France)

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    1 h 43 min

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    Posters (1)


    Festival Selections (3)

    Istanbul Film Festival - 2000

    Istanbul Film Festival (Turkey , 2000)


    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 2000

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 2000)

    Selection (2)

    Best Production Design : Philippe Chiffre

    Best Costume Design : Ève-Marie Arnault


    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 2000

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 2000)


    César Award for Best Production Design : Philippe Chiffre