Rembrant (1936) Film Review

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I watched this film a few nights ago on TCM.

It starred Charles Laughton as Rembrandt van Rijn. The film begins at the time in his life when he was very popular & accepted in society.

But after the death of his wife, Rembrandt’s artwork became darker. When he revealed his painting, “The Night Watch”, people were shocked & disgusted. They ridiculed & denounced the work. Rembrandt, who was once so admired, became a symbol of failure.

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Moulin Rouge (1952) Film Review

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Last night I watched the film Moulin Rouge from 1952.

Directed by John Huston & starring Jose Ferrer as the artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec,  this film is rather simple,  beginning with a can-can scene at the Moulin Rouge in 1890 Paris.

The first thing I noticed was how beautiful the costumes were.  The dresses were all unique & flowed wonderfully with the dancers.

The atmosphere of a smokey room filled with raucous behavior & too much alcohol set the tone for the rest of the film. Continue reading