Nightwatching (18)

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Drama

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Time Out rating:

<strong>Rating: </strong><span class='lf-avgRating'>4</span>/5

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Time Out says

Tue Mar 23 2010

This intriguing and revelatory blend of human drama and art-history detective work argues that Rembrandt peppered the canvas of his masterpiece ‘The Night Watch’ with a cleverly coded attack on the Amsterdam bigwigs whose egos he was commissioned to flatter. Deftly combining character study and cultural documentary, it marks Peter Greenaway’s return to the cinema after years of museum installations and multimedia work. He’s been guilty of patience-testing pretension in the past, but this is impressively focused and accessible, shaped around a truly expressive balls-out performance from Martin Freeman as Rembrandt. What’s surprising (in the context of Greenaway’s often chilly past oeuvre) is the film’s genuine compassion for the sufferings of wives, maids and vulnerable orphans, adding an emotive underpinning to its sharp observations on the purpose of art and the nature of representation. It’s not just Greenaway’s best film in years, but one of his best films, period.
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Rated:

18

UK release:

Fri Mar 26, 2010

Duration:

134 mins

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Tony

Was prepared for a visual feast, but only got much inaudible dialogue which was an obstacle to the story line.

marcel

I agree totally with tora. Whatever the director's reputation this film is tedious and lacking any dramatic engagement.

cal

If this his "best", I'd damn well hate to see the worst. One word describes this film - ATROCIOUS.

roberto

It is his best,most accessible film for over ten years and it is a scandal that a film by one of Britain`s best directors has taken three years to be shown when it has screened successfully everywhere from Paris to Tokyo

tora

This is a pompous & terrible film. I saw it in good faith and was disappointed.