Peter Greenaway: Cinema and Painting

6/8/12 to 6/9/12

We present two films by British director Peter Greenaway that explore Rembrandt's most famous painting, The Night Watch. Rembrandt's J'Accuse purports to explain the mysteries hidden in plain sight in the painting, revealing a Golden Age murder mystery, while Nightwatching combines a fictional foray into the life and loves of the Dutch master with the mysterious conditions surrounding the commissioning of the group portrait.

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  • Nightwatching

    • Saturday, June 9 6 pm

    Peter Greenaway (U.K./Netherlands/Poland/Canada, 2007). This precursor to Rembrandt's J'Accuse takes a fictional approach to the painter's life, portraying Rembrandt's relations with three women, his wife, his model, and his servant, during the creation of his masterpiece, The Night Watch. Starring Martin Freeman (The Office; Sherlock). (134 mins)

  • Rembrandt's J'Accuse

    • Friday, June 8 7 pm

    Peter Greenaway (U.K./Netherlands, 2008). This provocative cine-essay by the director of The Draughtsman's Contract and The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover reframes Rembrandt's The Night Watch as an indictment of seventeenth-century Amsterdam's ruling elites. (90 mins)