Detroit Film Theatre


Saturday, January 21, 2012

4:00 PM

(UK/1936--directed by Alexander Korda) 

In 1936, the brilliant Charles Laughton (The Private Life of Henry VIII, The Hunchback of Notre Dame) teamed up once again with legendary producer Alexander Korda (The Thief of Bagdad) for this dramatic, moving, elegantly photographed biographical portrait of the Dutch painter. Beginning when Rembrandt’s reputation was at its height, the film proceeds to track his quiet descent into loneliness and isolated self-expression following the death of his wife, to the unveiling of The Night Watch, to the ecclesiastical excommunication of his late-in-life lover and maid, Hendrickje Stoffels (eloquently played by Laughton’s real-life wife, Elsa Lanchester). Though filmed in black and white, the cinematography by the great Georges Périnal (Le Million, The Fallen Idol) is accomplished with an attention to light and shadow that does justice to the artist’s vision. (85 min.)

"Vivid and superb, with a subtle, touching performance by Laughton." –Geoff Andrew, Time Out Film Guide 
Saturday, January 21 at 4:00 PM