Relatively straightforward for a Peter Greenaway film, Nightwatching (2007) none the less provides all of the intrigue, sex, and madness one would expect, endlessly arrayed in exceedingly beautiful tableaux. Every shot has a painterly quality typical for Greenaway and appropriate for a movie about Rembrandt (wonderfully played by Martin Freeman, known to current audiences as Watson on Sherlock). It's also a movie about art and artifice, and as such archly comments on itself, adding another layer of enjoyment. This is a splendid piece of intelligent cinema.

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