Saturday, June 9, 2012
Peter Greenaway Peter Greenaway (U.K./Netherlands/Poland/Canada, 2007)
Nightwatching, Greenaway’s fictional foray into art-history detecting, was made a year before the more spare Rembrandt’s J’Accuse and focuses on the painter himself, played with gusto by Martin Freeman. Shifting between Rembrandt’s relations with three women—his wife, model, and servant—and the complications that arise when he accepts a commission to paint a group portrait, Nightwatching uses a series of elegant tableaux to dramatize two mysteries—that of Rembrandt’s life, of which little is known, and that of the iconography of his famous painting The Night Watch. Intertwining it all is a murder.
• Written by Greenaway. Photographed by Reinier van Brummelen. With Martin Freeman, Eva Birthistle, Jodhi May, Emily Holmes. (134 mins, Color, 35mm, From Content Media Corporation)