Rembrandt's J'accuse
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Filmmaker Peter Greenaway explored the life and work of the celebrated Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn in his 2007 drama Nightwatching, and he returns to this theme in the documentary Rembrandt's J'Accuse, in which he presents an in-depth analysis of one of Rembrandt's best-known paintings, 1642's "The Night Watch." With Greenaway offering an onscreen narration through much of the film, the director presents an illustrated lecture on the artist, the painting, and the many circumstances behind it -- the culture and politics of Holland in the 17th century, the real-life… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A generally absorbing if sometimes fog-inducing investigation into the mysteries of the Rembrandt painting The Night Watch."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"Like all Greenaway films, it's not for all tastes."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Peter Greenaway's probing doc proves that a single picture really is worth a thousand words%u2026or an 86-minute film."
‑ Ethan Alter, Film Journal International
"[Greenaway] once studied to become a painter himself; apparently, he's harbored dreams of being an amateur sleuth as well."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"More than merely a resource for art historians and students, "Rembrandt's J'Accuse" is a gift from an underestimated genius of cinema. You might just might want to see it a second time."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"This immersive tour of the mortal manipulations fueling Europe's 17th-century cultural capital supplies wit and intellect while it starves the emotions."
‑ Bill Weber, Slant Magazine
"Peering beneath the painted surface and searching in the shadows, tracking that which was cut from the canvas and mapping the network of glances that remain, the filmmaker uncovers a foul, lurid, corrupt, and perversely compelling conspiracy."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"What starts out as an audaciously polemical, radically inventive film project ultimately feels more like the most elaborate and earnest art history lecture ever delivered."
‑ John P. McCarthy, Boxoffice Magazine
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