Rembrandt Laughing

  • 1989
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

Another of Jon Jost's (BELL DIAMOND) very independent films, REMBRANDT LAUGHING is an experimental feature shot in San Francisco, with the director's friends serving as actors. The story involves a man (Jon English) who visits his former lover (Barbara Hammes) on the fifth anniversary of their break-up and presents her with a token of his affection--a photocopy...read more

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Another of Jon Jost's (BELL DIAMOND) very independent films, REMBRANDT LAUGHING is an experimental feature shot in San Francisco, with the director's friends serving as actors. The story involves a man (Jon English) who visits his former lover (Barbara Hammes) on the fifth anniversary of

their break-up and presents her with a token of his affection--a photocopy of an etching of Rembrandt laughing. Most of the film depicts their relatively mundane (by Hollywood standards) existences, with much time devoted to evocative images of a bicycle being peddled, soup being stirred, and sand

blowing in the wind. Filmed on almost no budget at all, REMBRANDT LAUGHING is constructed with little concentration on narrative form; instead, Jost drives home the debatable point that real people, no matter how trivial their daily routine, belong on the big screen just as much as Dustin Hoffman,

Meryl Streep, or the larger-than-life characters these stars play. REMBRANDT LAUGHING shows us the poetry of the quotidian, and while Jost is not a cinematic genius, his films have a certain integrity and honesty that commands respect.

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  • Released: 1989
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: Another of Jon Jost's (BELL DIAMOND) very independent films, REMBRANDT LAUGHING is an experimental feature shot in San Francisco, with the director's friends serving as actors. The story involves a man (Jon English) who visits his former lover (Barbara Ham… (more)

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