What would it be like to step inside a work of art and observe the artist as he sketches the very reality you are experiencing? The Mill and the Cross is a cinematic re-staging of Pieter Bruegel’s masterpiece “Procession to Calvary,” presented alongside the story of its creation.
Lech Majewski is one of our great visual artists, an operatic craftsman who turns each shot into an exquisite tableau. The Mill and the Cross, his latest film and by some counts his best, starring Charlotte Rampling and Michael York, is at once hauntingly familiar and unlike anything you’ve seen.
mind-boggling enactement of a painting. very intense, dark, restrainly emotional, human, artistic; philosphical but contemplative, as speechless as you will be. bold but successful. well, all this, approximately. watch it.
The famous painting as a multidimensional network of historical events, imagined human relationships and invented 16th century soundscapes: Majewski explores the structures beyond the surface of Bruegel's "Procession to Calvary" and makes us see a work of art from another - also highly artificial - point of view.
The film’s images are so striking and composed each frame could exist as a painting itself. Its conception of narrative is profoundly unique. It’s spatial, like the breadth and depth of the painting itself. Characters who would never meet and events that took place years apart coexist because they’re part of the physical and emotional tableau of the piece. http://www.theperipherymag.com/filmgoing-in-the-internet-age
Not just based on a Breugel painting,every shot is composed like a Dutch or Flemish Renaissance painting! Which is a really great gimmick they musta used computers and stuff, but I am sure I would not want to see this style of cinema over-used.And this film doesn't get 5 stars, cuz it really IS a gimmick, crafty and beautiful.
It is thrilling since the very beginning of the film. The merchant, miller, the painter and the dreamworld around them was so vivant. It is really a product of a very creative mind. The director was no less creative than the painter.
If only all great paintings could have a companion film such as this... Strikingly alive and immersive, all the hi-tech visual F/X have a real purpose here other than to dazzle. Majewski dives into the canvas and Bruegel's inner eye.