About the film
painter biography historical figure maid
Release Date: November 06, 1936
|Slogan||:||«He knew all women! Their lives...Loves...Their souls!»|
|Production Companies||:||London Films Productions, United Artists|
|Producers||:||Alexander Korda, Geoffrey Boothby, David B. Cunynghame|
|Writers||:||Carl Zuckmayer, Lajos Biró, June Head|
This character study joins the painter at the height of his fame in 1642, when his adored wife suddenly dies and his work takes a dark, sardonic turn that offends his patrons. By 1656, he is bankrupt but consoles himself with the company of pretty maid Hendrickje, whom he's unable to marry. Their relationship brings ostracism but also some measure of happiness. The final scenes find him in his last year, 1669, physically enfeebled but his spirit undimmed.