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Such different Rembrandts: 5 films about the great Dutchman (part 2)

“Rembrandt: Portrait of 1669” (Netherlands, 1977)

What movie? This is a detailed and unhurried narrative from the birth of Rembrandt ninth child in the Miller’s family-and to the last days of his life. Narrative, where heroes say very little (Saskia for 20 minutes onscreen existence not utters nor words, and only talk smiles or seemed to forget eyes), and “the” means very many. People here are mostly silent-talking objects. Here is a gust of wind opens the window — and the rain begins to lash into the house, here crawling spider, the old woman froze reading the Bible, that Rembrandt puts on Saskia’s head wreath of wildflowers, that newborn baby firmly grabs Rembrandt’s finger. All this is interspersed with close-UPS of Rembrandt’s paintings and their details — hands, eyes, hats… Background music sounds — a pipe or a double bass. In color, the film is close to Rembrandt’s painting: shades of brown and ochre-gold predominate here.

Rembrandt Harmens van Rijn. Mother reads the Bible
Shot from the film “Rembrandt: portrait 1669”
Rembrandt. Mother reads the Bible
Who’s Rembrandt? This must be the most restrained, laconic and gloomy Rembrandt of all his stage and film incarnations. At first, he almost does not speak in the frame — only intently, studying looks at people and objects, becoming animated only when he builds himself in front of the mirror grimaces. All his rare monologues are, in fact, very cruel words. It will report on Saskia lost three children to babies, “She remembers them when she’s not getting enough of my attention. She knows very well that my work requires complete concentration… She must take courage.” Then, after Saskia’s death, a simple and sweet woman, Gertie, would come to work for him, and that would be the Central plot of The story. The first thing she hears from Rembrandt: “The most important thing-I can not interfere when I work — everything else is up to you.” Gertie becomes attached to Rembrandt’s young son Titus, and then finds himself in the artist’s bed. Rembrandt puts Saskia’s jewels on Her, but shouts at Gertie in front of the mirror: “Why are you getting younger, old woman!”He will try to buy off a woman who is devotedly in love when another, younger woman appears on the horizon. Offended Gertie will be a long time to sue him (in the film sound real texts of court sentences), in retaliation, Rembrandt will put her in an almshouse. He will do so despite the warnings of his friends :” your cruelty will turn Amsterdam against you.” The witness on Rembrandt’s side will be Hendrickje.
Rembrandt Harmens van Rijn. Flora (Portrait Of Saskia)
Flora (Portrait Of Saskia)
Rembrandt Harmens van Rijn
1634, 125×101 cm

Van Eilenburg introduces his cousin Saskia to Rembrandt.

Saskia Rembrandt posing for a portrait in the red soape with a pen.

Saskia in Rembrandt’s new house.

Saskia as Flora.
Rembrandt Harmens van Rijn. Flora (Portrait Of Saskia)
Flora (Portrait Of Saskia)
Rembrandt Harmens van Rijn
1634, 125×101 cm

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Who is the author? Dutch screenwriter and Director Jos Stelling. To the Russian-speaking audience he is not bad familiar as in the movies of the 2010s removed Sergey Makovetsky and Renata Litvinova. True, Stelling made a biopic about Rembrandt a long time ago, more than forty years ago, but his aesthetics have not changed much since then. Critics call him an outstanding master of the Arthouse. But Stelling argues that he is not an intellectual Director-first of all, he is interested in feelings: “Men analyze the plot more, and women look wider, feel an emotional connection with the characters… my audience is women. They cry easier.”
“All love stories are similar to each other — admits the Director of the film” Rembrandt: Portrait of 1669 ” Jos Stelling. “Two people are attracted to each other, and all you have to do is create problems for them.”
Intonation of the film. Viewers of online platforms Stelling’s “Rembrandt: Portrait of 1669” is often scolded-it is painfully similar to a simple summary of the biography. This, they say, is that the student who failed to read the biography of Rembrandt, the night before the exam to watch. Indeed, the film is detailed, unhurried, laconic, besides without a happy ending-there is something to be disappointed with a fan of feature films.

Memorable moment. Little Titus has put on his father’s hat, coat and shoes and is circling the room. Titus’s stepmother Gertie sees this, and instead of scolding the naughty child, she laughs and squeezes him in her arms. Catching the two by surprise, Rembrandt smiles for almost the first time in the film. The second point is also related to Titus. It’s been 25 years, there is no longer in the world neither Gertie nor Hendrickje. Titus comes to the aged, impoverished, lonely Rembrandt. He stands behind the easel. “You’re so busy you don’t notice anyone! almost in despair he said to him son. — I love you so much.” I’ll name my son after you! What about you? Do you love me?!”Rembrandt is silent and does not look up from his work.
Rembrandt Harmens van Rijn. Portrait of Titus van Rijn
Portrait of Titus van Rijn
Rembrandt Harmens van Rijn
1662, 72×56 cm

Rembrandt gives Gertie the necklace to Saskia.

Little Titus.

Gertie hugging Tutus.

Hendrickje Stoffels.

Rembrandt and Hendrickje.

Hendrickje in profile.
Rembrandt Harmens van Rijn. Flora (portrait of Hendrickje Stoffels)
Flora (portrait of Hendrickje Stoffels)
Rembrandt Harmens van Rijn
1654, 100×91.8 cm

Rembrandt looks at the experiences of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp by autopsy in the anatomical theater.
Rembrandt Harmens van Rijn. Dr. Tulp’s anatomy lesson
Dr. Tulp’s anatomy lesson
Rembrandt Harmens van Rijn
1632, 169.5×216.5 cm

Rembrandt’s Son Titus.
Rembrandt Harmens van Rijn. Portrait of Titus van Rijn
Portrait of Titus van Rijn
Rembrandt Harmens van Rijn
1662, 72×56 cm

Rembrandt gives Gertie the necklace to Saskia.
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Inaccuracies of the script. They probably are. But offhand notice does not work — after all, this is a Dutch film about the artist, Rembrandt for them-a national treasure, the position obliges. However, then it is necessary to recognize with regret that and here such Rembrandt-cruel, callous and entirely absorbed in the work — is closest to the historical prototype.
Rembrandt (France, 1999)

What movie? In film language this is the traditional version of the biopic — with intrigue, bright dialogues, the usual set of biographical cliches. There is no here and no valued aesthetes coloristic “game in Rembrandt”: the film vivid, multicolored, that is called, spectacular. Rembrandt is not alone here — he is tightly woven into the family (through the births and deaths of his children, mental appeals to the mother: “Cornelia, mother…”) and social mechanisms. Parallel to the personal history of Rembrandt storyline-secular society of Amsterdam, which Rembrandt deliberately ignores, but from the change of attitude to him in which, ultimately, depends on his fate. Shown are those who contributed to the rise of Rembrandt: the representative of the Netherlands stadtholder Konstantin Huygens, thanks to whom Rembrandt will receive the first orders for the Hague nobility after Rubens refuses them; his brother — in-law and “producer” – the cunning red van Eilenburg; first a friend, and then a detractor Jan six. Writers are interested to trace (or come up with) cause-and — effect relationships: here Rembrandt unflattering comments about Nicholas Tulp (played by Jean Rochefort) in the anatomical theater: “this doctor Tulp endlessly poses” – but a couple of decades later became mayor of Amsterdam Tulp boasts that instigated the Church trial of poor Hendrikje: “I am proud to admit that I played a decisive role in the excommunication of the whore who gave birth to his child.”
Saskia is on her deathbed.

Rembrandt paints Saskia in a red hat. This Rembrandt film is the only one of five in which Rembrandt portraits were adapted to the faces of the actors playing his models.

Van Eilenburg introduces his protégé, Rembrandt, to cousin Saskia. Rembrandt: “Really, she’s not that beautiful…”Saskia:” he’s not good-looking at all, and besides, he’s too old for me!”

The beginning of Rembrandt and Saskia’s novel.

Saskia with baby Titus.

Saskia is on her deathbed.

Rembrandt paints Saskia in a red hat. This Rembrandt film is the only one of five in which Rembrandt portraits were adapted to the faces of the actors playing his models.
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Who is the author? French Director, screenwriter, painter and sculptor Charles Matton.

Who’s Rembrandt? Rembrandt here simply man, nor never not “sky-high genius.” He is played by Austrian actor Klaus Maria Brandauer.

The intonation of the film is courtly. The film is shot as if Rembrandt were a French bourgeois or even a freethinker courtier, rather than the son of a stern Dutch Miller. He then flirts with the taste and making love with passion. Hendrickje admits: “One day I dreamed that the sun set fire to his mustache… and in the evening my master, stained with paint, throws himself at me. I’m painted all over.” Yes that there, in the first scene movie old and tortured creditors Rembrandt, smashing with despair masterful, from-for doors consoles servant: “Open, Monsieur! You want to touch my hair, stroke my Breasts?”Not Rembrandt, but Casanova’s the lonely Vagabond of love.”
Rembrandt Harmens van Rijn. French bed (Het Ledikant)
Rembrandt Harmens van Rijn. French bed. 1646. Rijksmuseum. Amsterdam.
Erotically, the scenes in the French film about Rembrandt are not taken “from the ceiling”, but directly from Rembrandt’s erotic graphics.

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Such different Rembrandts: 5 films about the great Dutchman (part 2)
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