Nightwatching is based around the painting of Rembrandt's most famous picture Nightwatch. With the 400th anniversary of Rembrandt's birth in 2006, Nightwatching is truly a feast for the senses. Extravagant, suspenseful and sensuously beautiful, the mystery behind the extraordinary artist's infamous painting is perfectly explored by one of the most iconic directors of our time: Peter Greenaway
In addition to the film Nightwatching has also been a presentation in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam to celebrate the 400th annniversary of the painter. It was a co- production of Kasander, the Holland Festival and Rijksmuseum.
Nightwatching is written and directed by Peter Greenaway.
Martin Freeman - Rembrandt, Emily Holmes - Hendrickje,
Eva Birthistle - Saskia,
Toby Jones - Gerard Dou,
Fiona O'Shaughnessy - Marita, Michael Culkin - Herman Wormskerck
Jochum ten Haaf - Jongkind
and many more...
Reinier van Brummelen - DOP
Ruzbeh Babol - camera operator
Maarten Piersma - production design
Corinne Clark - casting
Peter Wooldridge - casting
Jagna Janicka - costumes
Marrit van der Burgt - costumes
Sara Meerman - hair & make-up
and many more
Kees Kasander - producer
Jamie Carmichael -executive producer
Carlo Dusi -co-producer
Christine Haebler- co-producer
Piotr Mularuk - co-producer
Natascha Teunissen - asst to producer
Jenny Mitchell - asst to producer
Benedicte Hermesse - line producer
Bénédicte Humbel - line producer
Magda Napieracz - line producer
Eliane Huss - co-line producer
Lisette Kelder - asst. line producer
Larry Sugar - executive producer
Ineke Kanters - development executive
and many more
feature film in postproduction
expected release 2007
The year 1642 marks the turning point in the life of the famous Dutch painter, Rembrandt, turning him from a wealthy respected celebrity into a discredited pauper.
At the insistence of his pregnant wife Saskia, Rembrandt has reluctantly agreed to paint the Amsterdam Musketeer Militia in a group portrait that will later become to be known as The Nightwatch.
He soon discovers that there is a conspiracy afoot with the Amsterdam merchants playing at soldiers maneuvering for financial advantage and personal power in, that time, the richest city in the Western World. Rembrandt stumbles on a foul murder. Confident in the birth of a longed-for son and heir, Rembrandt is determined to expose the conspiring murderers and builds his accusation meticulously in the form of the commissioned painting, uncovering the seamy and hypocritical side to Dutch Society in the Golden Age.
Rembrandt's great good fortune turns. Saskia dies. Rembrandt reveals the accusation of murder in the painting and the conspirators plan revenge. They set out to discredit him at home and abroad. They plant a treacherous mistress, Geertje, to seduce him. They try to blind him. They plan his social and financial ruin, and to create the circumstances for his slide into penury, insult his young mistress Hendrickje, conspire to destroy his son, and bring Rembrandt to his knees.
The bold and courageous painting of the Nightwatch, exceptional in aesthetics and content, is Rembrandt's most celebrated painting, it consolidated his reputation as a master-painter but it also destroyed him socially and financially.
Peter Greenaway on Nightwatching
"Four ideas about Rembrandt, couched almost as questions, were germinal to NIGHTWATCHING, and I suppose I have been thinking about them, on and off, ever since I was at art school in the mid-sixties, when Rembrandt’s reputation was unassailable amongst my lecturers. The ideas could be summarised under the headings of money, sex, conspiracy and the very condition of painting. The first question is social, the second question voyeuristic, the third question is intellectual, and the fourth question is philosophical, and probably, though a general public might not see it as such, the last question is the most important.