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Mlyn i krzyz (2011)

Not Rated | | Drama, History | 18 March 2011 (Poland)
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The film focuses on a dozen of the 500 characters depicted in Bruegel's painting. The theme of Christ's suffering is set against religious persecution in Flanders in 1564.

Director:

Lech Majewski

Writers:

Michael Francis Gibson (screenplay), Lech Majewski (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rutger Hauer ... Pieter Bruegel
Michael York ... Nicolaes Jonghelinck
Charlotte Rampling ... Mary
Joanna Litwin Joanna Litwin ... Marijken Bruegel
Dorota Lis Dorota Lis ... Saskia Jonghelinck
Bartosz Capowicz Bartosz Capowicz ... Crucified
Mateusz Machnik Mateusz Machnik ... Wheelfied
Marian Makula Marian Makula ... Miller
Sylwia Szczerba Sylwia Szczerba ... Netje
Wojciech Mierkulow Wojciech Mierkulow ... Jan
Ruta Kubas Ruta Kubas ... Esther
Jan Wartak Jan Wartak ... Simon
Sebastian Cichonski Sebastian Cichonski ... Peddler
Lucjan Czerny Lucjan Czerny ... Bram
Aneta Kiszczak Aneta Kiszczak ... Mayken
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The film focuses on a dozen of the 500 characters depicted in Bruegel's painting. The theme of Christ's suffering is set against religious persecution in Flanders in 1564.

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Behind every great painting lies an even greater story

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Drama | History

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Country:

Poland | Sweden

Language:

English | Spanish | Flemish

Release Date:

18 March 2011 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

El molino y la cruz See more »

Filming Locations:

Austria See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,354, 18 September 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$310,900, 5 February 2012
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

The Miller (God) stops the windmill turning with a gesture, freezing the diorama below. When he restarts the mill, it starts rotating in the opposite direction, even though events are proceeding in the usual way below, not in reverse. See more »

Soundtracks

Miserere
By Antonio Lotti
Performed by the Christ the King Cathedral Choir (Chorus Master Krzysztof Kaganiec)
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Gorgeous but flat and clunky
28 April 2011 | by lixySee all my reviews

This gorgeous reconstruction of Bruegel's painting is ultimately more impressive than inspiring. There is no character, no narrative, no emotion in this piece and there's not that much analysis, either, despite the director's claims. I just saw it at the SF Film Fest, and the likable and knowledgeable director gave a lengthy lecture a) on how long it took to find the fabric for the costumes and b) on the loss of our ability to read pictorial symbols. Sadly, the latter was not related to (or within) the film directly--that would have been interesting indeed!--and neither is the impressive (expensive) production design enough to make this work compelling.

If you are interested in symbology and art history, see Peter Greenaway's, far superior Nightwatching, a film with a plot and lively characters as well as a fascinating view into the meanings (and the USE of meanings and symbols) of another famous Dutch painting, which, despite also suffering from some bombastic elements, still manages to engage the viewer in its own right as a movie.

Also Derek Jarman's Caravaggio comes to mind as a film that uses tableaux to evoke the painter of the title. Despite--or perhaps due to--being somewhat opaque and strange, the Greenaway and Jarman films (and almost any of their work) are far more interesting than The Mill and the Cross, because they use the medium of film to SHOW and not TELL. This literal and slavish reproduction of the painting was impressive in its verisimilitude but ultimately pointless and superficial.


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