Rembrandt (1936 film)
Rembrandt is a 1936 British biographical film made by London Film Productions of the life of 17th-century Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn. The film was produced and directed by Alexander Korda from a screenplay by June Head and Lajos Bíró based on a story by Carl Zuckmayer. The music score was by Geoffrey Toye and the cinematography by Georges Périnal.
|Directed by||Alexander Korda|
|Produced by||Alexander Korda|
|Written by||June Head|
|Based on||story by Carl Zuckmayer|
|Music by||Geoffrey Toye|
|Edited by||Francis D. Lyon|
William Hornbeck (sup)
|Distributed by||London Film Productions (US)|
United Artists (UK)
|6 November 1936 (UK)|
25 December 1936 (US)
- Charles Laughton as Rembrandt van Rijn
- Gertrude Lawrence as Geertje Dircx
- Elsa Lanchester as Hendrickje Stoffels
- Edward Chapman as Carel Fabritius
- Walter Hudd as Frans Banning Cocq
- Roger Livesey as Beggar Saul
- John Bryning as Titus van Rijn
- Sam Livesey as Auctioneer
- Herbert Lomas as Gerrit van Rijn
- Allan Jeayes as Dr. Tulp
- John Clements as Govert Flinck
- Raymond Huntley as Ludwick
- Abraham Sofaer as Dr. Menasseh
- Laurence Hanray as Heertsbeeke
- Austin Trevor as Marquis de Grand-Coeur
- Edmund Willard as Van Zeeland
- Leonard Sharp as Burgher at Auction
- Marius Goring as Baron Leivens (uncredited)
- Alexander Knox as Ludwick's Assistant (uncredited)
- Hay Petrie as Jeweller (uncredited)
Alexander Korda had previously worked with Laughton on the critically successful The Private Life of Henry VIII. Laughton's wife, Elsa Lanchester, has a role in the film as Hendrickje, Rembrandt's maid who also became his lover.
The New York Times wrote, "Charles Laughton and Alexander Korda have produced a great, and rich, and glowing motion picture in "Rembrandt," which opened yesterday at the Rivoli, a picture signed all over with distinction, like one of the master's own canvases"; while more recently, Time Out wrote that the film was "Less successful at the time than the earlier Private Life of Henry VIII, but a far better film, thanks to a subtle, touching performance from Laughton as the ageing painter...Surprisingly sombre, it lacks a tight plot, but appeals through its vivid characterisation, superb Vincent Korda sets, and Georges Périnal's lovely camerawork."
Writing for The Spectator in 1936, Graham Greene gave the film a poor review, describing it as "a series of unrelated tableaux". Greene found that "the film is ruined by lack of story ['line'] and continuity [...] [which is the] drive of a well-constructed plot". Greene gave some praise for the acting of Laughton and Lanchester, but condemned the direction stating "I have called the film reverent, but pompous, I fear, would be nearer the mark."
- "BFI Screenonline: Rembrandt (1936)". www.screenonline.org.uk.
- "Rembrandt (1936)".
- Greene, Graham (20 November 1936). "Rembrandt". The Spectator. (reprinted in: Taylor, John Russell, ed. (1980). The Pleasure Dome. Oxford University Press. pp. 117, 120. ISBN 0192812866.)
- Jerry Vermilye The Great British Films, Citadel Press, 1978, pp 32–35 ISBN 0-8065-0661-X