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Rembrandt’s J’accuse

Directed by Peter Greenaway with Martin Freeman, Eva Birthistle, Jodhi May


Peter Greenaway, On Rembrandt
2008, Netherlands Is “The Night Watch,” Rembrandt’s 1641 masterpiece—and one of the most famous paintings in the world—a scrupulous “indictment of guilt in paint?” Such is cine-provocateur Peter Greenaway’s claim, a contention he meticulously and convincingly argues in this unprecedented cinematic investigation into a work of art that the filmmaker reveals to be a revelation of murder. Examining the evidence—dozens of clues hidden throughout the Dutch master’s commissioned group portrait—Greenaway unveils the event, the motive, the conspirators, the murderers and the outcome (Rembrandt’s action as detective, accuser, prosecutor and judge: the artist’s precipitous downfall from wealthy celebrity to discredited pauper).

"Peering beneath the painted surface and searching in the shadows, tracking that which was cut from the canvas and mapping the network of glances that remain, the filmmaker uncovers a foul, lurid, corrupt, and perversely compelling conspiracy—which is to say, he successfully turns 'The Night Watch' into a Peter Greenaway film.” —J. Hoberman, The Village Voice

“One-man cinema vanguard and world-class VJ, the British media artist” (J. Hoberman) Peter Greenaway has undertaken an ambitious project titled Nine Classical Paintings Revisited. Nightwatching—made for the Netherlands’ year-long 2006 celebration of Rembrandt’s 400th birthday—and Rembrandt’s J’accuse take the Dutch master and his greatest painting as their subject. The 35mm prints of these films travel from England for a U.S. tour that begins here.

Rembrandt’s J’accuse

Rembrandt’s J’accuse

Rembrandt’s J’accuse

April 6 @ 8:45pm

April 7 @ 6:30pm

Bright Family Screening Room



$10. $7.50 for Members and Seniors. $5 for Students. Emerson Students Free.



Running Time:

86 minutes


Color, 35mm