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Actors: Charles Laughton, Gertrude Lawrence, Elsa Lanchester, Edward Chapman, Walter Hudd
Director: Alexander Korda
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
NR     2001     1hr 25min

Academy AwardÂ(r) winner* Charles Laughton brilliantly captures the inner turmoil of the passionate 17th-century genius in probably the finest acting performance ever recorded on celluloid (The Observer)! In Amsterdam o...  more »


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Actors: Charles Laughton, Gertrude Lawrence, Elsa Lanchester, Edward Chapman, Walter Hudd
Director: Alexander Korda
Creators: Georges Périnal, Francis D. Lyon, Carl Zuckmayer, June Head, Lajos Biró
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Classics
Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
Format: DVD - Black and White,Full Screen - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 06/19/2001
Original Release Date: 12/25/1936
Theatrical Release Date: 12/25/1936
Release Year: 2001
Run Time: 1hr 25min
Screens: Black and White,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 4
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
Subtitles: Spanish, French

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Movie Reviews

Classic Artistic Bio
Henry Frank Moon | Altadena, CA USA | 11/10/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"A very well acted, classic biography of Rembrandt. Charles Laughton is Rembrant. Not a standard 30's bio film. Unfortunately in black and white and the print was worn."
A subtle & humane portrait
William Timothy Lukeman | 02/24/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I discovered this film completely by accident, picking it up at a sale for just a couple of dollars ... but after seeing it, I would gladly have paid full price for it. What an unexpected pleasure! It's more about Rembrandt the man than the artist, in that it explores his personality & crucial events in his life, but it does feature a fascinating look at his famous "The Night Watch" & the initial reaction to it.

The film is a bit episodic, without a strong narrative arc, which may not make it as appealing to some viewers. But the real reason to see it is for Charles Laughton's superb performance, which is subdued and nuanced. Yes, he explodes once or twice, as only Laughton could -- but for the most part, he conveys a wealth of feeling with an understated shift of expression or body language.

The look of the film is beautiful, in the elegant way that only an older film can be, with its deeply textured black & white photography. And it touches both on philosophy, as in Rembrandt's impassioned words on Woman, as well as some familiar issues which never go out of style: Art vs. Commerce, Public Approval vs. Personal Integrity.

If you're not that familiar with this older style of filmmaking, you might have to make some adjustments. But I think you'll find it well worth seeing, and come away with a deeper understanding of one of the world's great artists. Remarkable & recommended!"
G. Smith | UK | 09/17/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This DVD is a real classic in movie history and the brilliance of Charles Laughton's acting ability."