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J'accuse is an 'essay-istic' documentary in which Greenaway's fierce criticism of today's visual illiteracy is argued by means of a forensic search of Rembrandt's Nightwatch. Greenaway explains the background, the context, the conspiracy, the murder and the motives of all its 34 painted characters who have conspired to kill for their combined self-advantage. Greenaway leads us through Rembrandt's paintings into 17th century Amsterdam. He paints a world that is democratic in principle, but is almost entirely ruled by twelve families. The notion exists of these regents as charitable and compassionate beings. However, reality was different.

  1. Peter Greenaway

    Director, Screenplay

Top Billed Cast

  1. Peter Greenaway

    Peter Greenaway

    Himself / Public Prosecutor

  2. Martin Freeman

    Martin Freeman

    Rembrandt

  3. Eva Birthistle

    Eva Birthistle

    Saskia

  4. Jodhi May

    Jodhi May

    Geertje

  5. Emily Holmes

    Emily Holmes

    Hendrickje

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Rembrandt's J'Accuse...!
Rembrandt's J'Accuse...!

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  • May 27, 2009
    Theatrical (limited)

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Original Language English

Runtime 1h 26m

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