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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

A few minutes before the end of the movie, a red automobile crosses the background between two houses, while Bruegel and Nicholas Jonghelinck are speaking in the foreground. See more »

Soundtracks

Miserere, Opus 44
By Henryk Mikolaj Górecki
Performed by the Silesia Philharmonic Choir (Chorus Master Jan Wojtacha)
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A lusciously disconcerting work
23 February 2012 | by shunderSee all my reviews

It can be said that Lech Majewski's 2011 film depicts "art imitating life, imitating art, imitating life, which also typifies the layer upon layer of meaning and implication to be found in the film. Pieter Bruegel the Elder's 1564 painting "The Way to Calvary" creates the story line for this completely unconventional portrayal of life in the 1600's and Bruegel's technique or the process he may of worked through while creating the painting. Bruegal's painting is much more than a back drop and can almost be seen as a central character, perhaps even a brilliant supporting actor.

As the film weaves in and out of scenes found in the painting, the characters are brought to life portraying their personal reality behind the snippet of time in which they are actually portrayed. In a further layer in the film consider the juxtaposition of good and evil, peasants innocently awaking to begin a day's work, the musicians playing and dancing with merry abandon, contrasted with the whipping and murder of the young husband by the Spaniards. As Bruegel considers the crucifixion scene he actually begins to interact with the painting. He signals to the miller (a euphemism for God) to stop; and as the miller brings the mill (and seemingly life itself) to a standstill the moment is so unsettling as the windmill, looking mysteriously like the cross Christ has suffered on, turns counterclockwise.

The final shot in this lusciously disconcerting film pans out from the painting "The Way to Calvary" as it hangs in Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, and leaves one to ponder the art each of us has seen, and the snapshots in time that art depicts. Majewski's brilliant film gives pause to consider the lives lived behind all the images of all the art over the ages, and so much more.


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