Filmforum is happy to bring the Los Angeles premieres of two Peter Greenaway films, with imported 35mm prints! The first, Rembrandt’s J’Accuse, is on June 3, and the second, Nightwatching, is on June 17. The two are closely related, fictional and documentary interpretations of Rembrandt and the painting The Night Watch.
Tickets available at Brown Paper Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/249735
Rembrandt’s J’Accuse (2008, 35mm, Color, 90 mins.)
With: Peter Greenaway, Martin Freeman, Eva Birthistle, Jodhi May, Emily Holmes
It’s CSI: Rijksmuseum in British obsessive Peter Greenaway’s fascinating film essay/illustrated lecture, a companion piece to his feature drama Nightwatching (and his multimedia installation “Nightwatching” at the famed Amsterdam museum). Rembrandt’s J’Accuse offers a radical forensic analysis of Rembrandt’s The Night Watch, arguing, in ways both prosecutorial and playful, that the great painting offers evidence of conspiracy and murder! “The Rijksmuseum is introduced as a crime scene, with the filmmaker digitally inserted, front and center, using a 31-question countdown structure to interrogate The Night Watch’s mise-en-scène. Giving nearly as hammy a performance as Charles Laughton’s in the title role of the 1939 Brit biopic Rembrandt, Greenaway is also extremely convincing in his analysis of the painting's mysteries... 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 — which is to say, he successfully turns The Night Watch into a Peter Greenaway film” (J. Hoberman Village Voice).
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