In 1642, Rembrandt van Rijn is at the height of his fame. Then, his beloved wife and model, Saskia, dies. Rembrandt is devastated, and when commissioned to paint an important work, creates a dark, brooding piece, considered highly inappropriate by his creditors. Now verging on bankruptcy and cast out by those who previously supported him, he is rescued by a new love; yet even now, happiness cannot be guaranteed…
Featuring a towering central performance from Charles Laughton, this celebrated biopic saw the legendary actor collaborating once again with director Alexander Korda following their global box-office triumph with The Private Life of Henry VIII.
An account of the later life of the great Dutch painter, Rembrandt co-stars Elsa Lanchester (Laughton’s wife) and stage star Gertrude Lawrence, while Georges Perinal’s innovative cinematography recreates the texture of Rembrandt’s work to stunning effect. This compelling character study is featured in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements, in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.
The British Film
The British Film collection was launched by Network Distributing in April 2013 as part of a five-year plan to release over 450 vintage British films through a deal with Studiocanal, one of Europe’s leading distribution and production companies. Many of the films have never been available to own and will benefit from new transfers, affirming Network Distributing’s commitment to classic British cinema.
Titles include significant works from studios including Associated Talking Pictures, Ealing Studios, London Films, British Lion, Associated British Picture Corporation and EMI from the Studiocanal archive.