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This a sharper version without the cropped frames of the other copy here at IA. A luminous biopic of the legendary Flemish painter. Alexander Korda considered this to be his finest film. It also features one of Charles Laughton's greatest early performances. An outstanding supporting cast includes, among others, Gertrude Lawrence and Elsa Lanchester. Directed by Alexander Korda. Released in 1936. Complete print.

Rembrandt is a 1936 in film United Kingdom biographical film made by London Film Productions of the life of 17th-century The Netherlands painter Rembrandt van Rijn. The film was produced and directed by Alexander Korda from a screenplay by June Head and Lajos Bíró based on a story by Carl Zuckmayer. The music score was by Geoffrey Toye and the cinematography by Georges Périnal.


  • Charles Laughton as Rembrandt van Rijn
  • Gertrude Lawrence as Geertje Dircx
  • Elsa Lanchester as Hendrickje Stoffels
  • Edward Chapman (actor) as Carel Fabritius
  • Walter Hudd as Frans Banning Cocq
  • Roger Livesey as Beggar Saul
  • John Bryning as Titus van Rijn
  • Sam Livesey as Auctioneer
  • Herbert Lomas (actor) as Gerrit van Rijn
  • Allan Jeayes as Nicolaes Tulp
  • John Clements as Govaert Flinck
  • Raymond Huntley as Ludwick
  • Abraham Sofaer as Dr. Menasseh
  • Laurence Hanray as Heertsbeeke
  • Austin Trevor as Marquis de Grand-Coeur
  • Edmund Willard as Van Zeeland
  • Leonard Sharp as Burgher at Auction


Alexander Korda had previously worked with Laughton on the critically successful The Private Life of Henry VIII. Laughton's wife, Elsa Lanchester, has a role in the film as Hendrickje, Rembrandt's maid who also became his lover.


  • Jerry Vermilye The Great British Films, Citadel Press, 1978, pp 32–35 ISBN 0-8065-0661-X

  • Category:1936 films
    Category:Biographical films about artists
    Category:Black-and-white films
    Category:British biographical films
    Category:British films
    Category:English-language films
    Category:Films directed by Alexander Korda
    Category:London Films films
    Category:Works about Rembrandt
    Category:Films set in the 17th century
    Category:Films set in Amsterdam

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