Sunday, August 7, 2011

Rembrandt (1936).

Rembrandt (1936). Historical Drama. Directed by Alexander Korda. With Charles Laughton, Gertrude Lawrence, Elsa Lanchester and Edward Chapman.

The story is about Painter Rembrandt van Rijn, who deals with the death of his wife, the love of his life, Saskia and during her funeral, finishes her portrait, before he forgets what she looks like..

Soon after, his work takes a dark turn that offends most of his patrons. He becomes bankrupt, but begins to spend his time with pretty young maid Hendrickje, who makes him happy, in spite of how every one feels about her..

One of my favorite scenes, is toward the end of the film during a party when Rembrandt, shares his philosophy about his life. At first,they don't know who he is and everyone is surprised when they learn of Rembrandt's true identity..


  1. The first time I saw "Rembrandt" was during an early morning channel surf. I stopped only because it was Black & White. I was mesmerized by Laughton's performance and the telling of the story. It tops my list (I must make one) of great screen biographies.

  2. Charles Laughton seems to me to be an underrated actor these days. He turned in some magnificent performances, including this one, over his 30+ year film career. I have a soft spot for "Ruggles of Red Gap" and "Hobson's Choice," but can't point to a real favorite. I saw what remains of the never completed 1937 Korda version of "I, Claudius" and, from what I saw, it looked as though Laughton was giving yet another brilliant performance as a historical figure (Claudius).

    Laughton also directed one film, the stunning and terrifying "The Night of the Hunter." I think Robert Mitchum gave the performance of his career in it...

  3. Caftan Woman, This was my 2nd viewing..I'm so glad that I watched it again, as I forgot how great it was..

    I will be looking forward to reading your list of "great screen biographies".

    The Lady Eve, I have not seen the films, Ruggles of Red Gap" and "Hobson's Choice,". Hopefully, I will be able to find them soon.

    I agree with your thoughts on the film, The "Night of the Hunter." One of my favorite film noirs.

  4. Your picture of Lon Chaney is really his son, Lon Chaney Jr.


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