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The Mill and the Cross (Majewski, 2011)

Old 09-26-11, 03:58 PM
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The Mill and the Cross (Majewski, 2011)

14 September 2011 | IMDB

From the NYT review:

"Even before the opening credits run, “The Mill & the Cross” casts a transfixing spell, as Pieter Bruegel the Elder, the great 16th-century Flemish artist, chats with his patron Nicholas Jonghelinck while he sketches studies for a large work he is preparing. Then the camera pulls back, blending scores of actors and animals with computer-generated effects, painted backdrops and location shots to restage Bruegel’s 1564 masterpiece, “The Way to Calvary.”

Directed by the Polish filmmaker and video artist Lech Majewski, “The Mill & the Cross” has ambitions as sweeping as the vast canvas that Bruegel fills. In this lush and hypnotic examination of a painter’s work and the times in which he lived, Mr. Majewski presents an extended contemplation of the creative process itself."

On paper, a "Polish movie about a painting" doesn't seem to be very exciting. And the movie isn't fast paced. It's 91 minutes plod along. But the visuals are masterful, and stay with you.
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Re: The Mill and the Cross (Majewski, 2011)

this looks absolutely visually stunning - can't wait to see this on the big screen.
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