My Rembrandt: review of the film

Oeke Hoogendijk examines the beauty of art and reveals its darker side.

My Rembrandtdirected by the Dutch instructor Oeke Hoogendijkan internationally acclaimed documentary filmmaker, is in theaters from June 6 to 8, 2022 thanks to Nexo Digital and is part of the now famous project Art in the cinema. Media partners of the event output are Radio Capital, Sky Arte, MYmovies.itin cooperation with Museum subscription.

So many stories unfolding around a huge passion for the artist Rembrandt, one of the greatest European painters of the 17th century. Passion that intertwines different positions of collectors, Eijk and Rose-Marie De Mol van Otterloo, the American Thomas Kaplan and the Scots Duke of Buccleuch, who consider Rembrandt’s works in the pursuit of meanings that represent their own existence, and businessmen who, between one auction and the other, speculate and even wage political struggles to own a work by the artist.

The director does not offer a documentary vision; goes into the characters’ private stories, trying to understand the reasons why they are deeply connected to works by an artist, Rembrandt, who lived a rather difficult life in the Holland of the time, engraved by alternating upheavals, so much so that his paintings were sold to the auction. As she herself said, her goal was to “Make a Shakespeare drama that shows the main characters with all sorts of human elements (…)”.
According to Oeke Hoogendijkin fact, it is thanks to the openness of the film’s protagonists that what she defines as “Rembrandt fever” comes to the surface. In the film, it is not exactly the artist with his world-famous works of art who is at the center of everything, when the passion that these collectors and art experts feel is the decisive detail throughout the documentary!

My Rembrandt in fact, through the passion of the characters – who seem to live in a world outside of reality – rediscover features of an artist who, in his interpretive grandeur, was able to create a chiaroscuro in an unambiguous way. THAT his evocative portraits fascinate for the attention to detail and for the play of light that produces perfect colors.

Old woman, readerthe portrait of a hooded lady, a work kept by the Duke of Buccleuch, dominates in the ancient and elegant residence, the older face of a woman, presumably the artist’s mother, in a pictorial transposition as human as it is sublime.

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What the documentary seems to want to translate is the alluring and emotional power that Rembrandt’s works exert; a force that seduces and moves the gaze and mind in search of existential meanings that appear crucial to those who observe and read the artist. A passion which, however, appears more and more manic, possessed during the narrative; a world of “lovers” who give in to a desire for possession, to forms of competition that move away from the pleasure that serves as Rembrandt’s procurement.

“Dogs with a taste of blood in their mouths; it’s a hunt! “ says the art dealer Jan Seks sniffing at “business” by “scientific” methods and ignoring the “historical and emotional validity” of a work of art; twists and turns in secret trades, hunts and stock markets; Oeke Hoogendijk explores the background of a world that uses “passion” for “business” research that removes the love of art.

The result seems to be a great anti-phrasing; the director, an art expert with extensive experience in documentary research in the field, celebrates the grandeur and charm of the masterpieces of a great artist, Rembrandt, who has deeply influenced the history of European art, but does so with a cinematic approach that, through sophisticated technique and sound effects, reveals a fleeting world that only wants to achieve prestige and profit from art.

Direction – 3.5

Manuscript – 3.5

Photography – 3.5

Sound – 3.5

Emotions – 3

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