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Such different Rembrandts: 5 films about the great Dutchman (part 1)

Rembrandt from the movie of the 1930-ies — rosy Joker and a bit of a klutz. Rembrandt 1970’s-tacit and a gloom type of with heavy mournfully maniac. Rembrandt 2000-x-charming Zippy and witty. Rembrandt from the Soviet TV movie is expressed exclusively in poetry. Rembrandt from the French drama is shown in more than candid bed scenes. Which one recommends Archiv? All! And to make it easier for you to choose a movie to taste, we have compiled a detailed guide to the films about Rembrandt.

Rembrandt (Great Britain, 1936)

What movie? Rembrandt comes to the shop to choose the paint and at the same time buys a precious necklace — it just like his wife Saskia. “They say Saskia is ill? they ask him. “Saskia is healthier than ever,” says Rembrandt. An artist, that with him take? He really has no idea that his wife is only days away. In addition, the imperious housekeeper Gertie Dirks (Gertrude Lawrence) with evil eyebrows-strings, who runs everything in the house of Rembrandt, purposely does not tell him that Saskia’s health is not so good, and with money Affairs — not so good. But she will have a hard time when customers ridicule the “Night watch”, and Rembrandt falls in love with a young and cheerful maid Hendrickje Stoffels.

By the way, this is the only film about Rembrandt, which did not need to pay a fee for the role of Saskia — just because she never appears in the frame.

Who’s Rembrandt? Narrow-minded and simple-minded. He, for example, on scenario, not only not knew, that Saskia lethally is sick, but and in for ten years not whatever, that she amounted to such will, according to which Rembrandt not can marry again, not turning in beggar. And Rembrandt in this movie-Joker and shirt-guy. Arriving to parents in Leiden, easily gets involved in scramble. Passionately kissing a strange girl. He preaches old Testament truths to idle revelers. Roasts for close goose with apples and chestnuts. And once (contrary to how things were in reality) still decides to marry Hendrikje to please her before her death. Well, how could such a nice fellow could send Gertie to the madhouse (which made a real, not a cinematic Rembrandt)? Of course not. Because this was in the movie word.
Gertie Dirks promises that he will certainly send Rembrandt to the reception of the Prince to get a profitable order, and will be able to make him “write like everyone else.”

One day Rembrandt’s patience comes to an end.

Gertie Dirks promises that he will certainly send Rembrandt to the reception of the Prince to get a profitable order, and will be able to make him “write like everyone else.”
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Who is the author? British Director of Hungarian origin Alexander Korda. 5 years after the black-and-white biopic about Rembrandt, he will make the film “Lady Hamilton” with Vivien Leigh, which will make him famous.

The intonation is slightly operatic, as in many films of the era, but it has its charm.

Memorable moment. The first is lyrical. The one where Rembrandt meets a beggar in the Amsterdam port and asks him to pose for king Saul. The second is comic. The artist is harassed by creditors: he owes them hundreds of florins. Then Hendrickje remembers the “shadow scheme”, peeped her at the local grocery market. She and Rembrandt conclude a legal contract, according to which she provides Rembrandt housing, canvases and paints, and he gives her all the rights to his paintings. Appearing to the creditors the friend of Rembrandt, wearing for the solidity of the glasses, said: “Who needs you? My servant Rembrandt? All his possessions now belong to me! Such is the law of Holland!”(Jokes jokes, but about the way it was: Hendrickje Stoffels and Titus van Rijn established a company to sell paintings by Rembrandt, thereby protecting it from slipping into poverty).

How to interest the viewer in a film about Rembrandt? That’s right: put him on a poster with a young blonde in his arms! However, Hendrickje Stoffels really was younger than the artist for 20 years.

Hendrickje Stoffels knows how to protect Rembrandt from Intrusive creditors. Who played the artist and his last lover actors Elsa Lanchester (by the way, a student of Isadora Duncan) and Charles Lawton (the first Briton to receive an Oscar) in life were husband and wife.
Rembrandt Harmens van Rijn. Hendrickje at the window
Hendrickje at the window
Rembrandt Harmens van Rijn
1656, 86×65 cm

The Dating scene Rembrandt and Hendrickje.

How to interest the viewer in a film about Rembrandt? That’s right: put him on a poster with a young blonde in his arms! However, Hendrickje Stoffels really was younger than the artist for 20 years.

Hendrickje Stoffels knows how to protect Rembrandt from Intrusive creditors. Who played the artist and his last lover actors Elsa Lanchester (by the way, a student of Isadora Duncan) and Charles Lawton (the first Briton to receive an Oscar) in life were husband and wife.
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— Everyone knows you — you’re the one who paints beggars. Some say you are as good as beggars yourself.
— I like you.” You look like a prophet.
— I don’t like you; you talk like a gentleman, but you’re a poor artist.”
— What makes you think I’m worthless?”
— If you were decent, you wouldn’t paint beggars.” Decent artists paint decent people: respectable gentlemen, beauties, kings.
— I write kings: from you I will make king from the old Testament… Perishing painful for want write s tsarist obrazinu… Wear it this ring! And don’t try to steal it — it’s a fake!
Rembrandt Harmens van Rijn. Saul and David
Rembrandt. Saul and David
A beggar from the Amsterdam shipyard and Rembrandt’s son Titus pose for the artist in the images of Saul and David.
Inaccuracies of the script: In the opening credits of the film, 1936 reported: “Today the works of Rembrandt can not afford to purchase any millionaire.” Probably in the mid-30s of the twentieth century, the art market really did not allow this to be done. Now things are different: only one millionaire Thomas Kaplan in recent decades acquired for his Leiden collection of about 250 drawings and paintings by Rembrandt.
“Rembrandt “(USSR, 1963)

What movie? Rembrandt and Saskia have serious social differences. She, an aristocrat, not understand, “that his attracts to a flophouse, to market, to the street, to tavern.” Rembrandt here is a real proletarian artist: his for the poor, a stranger for the rich. Class approach consistently adhered to and further that neither the rich man — so definitely a villain. Burgomaster six (Oleg Basilashvili) is just waiting for an opportunity to bring the artist under the monastery. Burghers don’t know anything about art. Successful and cunning student of Rembrandt Govert Flink (Mikhail Volkov) says that the talent in the teacher for a penny. Captain rifle jumpmaster Banning cook (Vladislav Strzhelchik) – vain, foolish and argues, that idol Rembrandt Rubens “populates the sky cooks”, but under this (here is controversial personality!) drives wedges to Rembrandt Hendrickje’s cook…

Who is the author? Mysteriously killed under the wheels of the train poet Dmitry Kedrin (1907-1945) left the lyrics, poems and poetic drama “Rembrandt”. It (in a form cut by censorship) was often read on the radio, put on stage, in the end, the play became interested in no less — the Bolshoi drama theater. The 1963 film Rembrandt is a production by Mosfilm Director Leonid Pchelkin and Director BDT Kopelyan based on Kedrin’s drama, adapted for television.

Who’s Rembrandt? Rembrandt is played by Yefim Kopelyan. The star of BDT and unforgettable voice-over from “17 moments of spring”, he also brings his Eastern charisma to the image of the Dutch artist: unquestioned confidence in his own rightness, a grin in his mustache, a squint, a noble and patronizing attitude to women. In makeup he not too look like on Rembrandt, sometimes it is difficult shake off sensations, that is about Kopelyan grins and utters: “Stirlitz as never was close to failure.”

The intonation of the film-ideologically verified:) Joke. In fact, in the TV play “Rembrandt” you can hear the intonation of the classical school of BDT, they are not confused with anything.

Rembrandt Harmens van Rijn. The prodigal son in the tavern (self-Portrait with Saskia on his lap)
“Come to me. Lie down on my chest. Take a SIP from my glass… Sit on my lap. God knows how Your necklace on her neck sparkled! I’ll draw you like this. You are a hundred times more Beautiful with your Cup raised to the sky!»
Rembrandt. The prodigal son in the tavern (self-Portrait with Saskia on his lap)
Memorable scenes. This is not quite a movie, but only a television performance, so you do not have to wait for a special construction of the frame, talking details or unexpected interpretation of familiar pictures. But there are funny moments. For example, when insidious Govert flint suddenly escapes from the lost position in society Rembrandt, referring to the fact that poisoned fashionable curiosity — tangerine. And after mockingly draws on the floor of a Golden Florin to the blind miser Rembrandt tried to pull it off the floor (actually described the case with the disciples of Rembrandt). Or another fun — Saskia complains to her husband on his painting “Danae»:

You didn’t flatter me there. I would like something
Otherwise be written wanted:
In the “Dana” I have an empty chest,
Green bloated body…

And Rembrandt “comforts” her:

You and such nice me, life my, —
With crow’s-feet wrinkles.
Would you have me
Daubed you in the fashion rags?..
Rembrandt Harmens van Rijn. Danae, fragment
Danae, fragment
Rembrandt Harmens van Rijn
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