This Week’s Revival Series at the Charles: Lech Majewski’s 2011 Sundance Film, THE MILL AND THE CROSS


Widely acclaimed Polish visual artist Lech Majewski has created a motion picture, THE MILL AND THE CROSS, based on Peter Bruegel’s 1564 painting, The Way To Cavalry.

In the painting, Jesus’s crucifixion becomes marginalized by a vista of colourful onlookers, bread-sellers, squabbling hawkers, inquisitors and their victims strapped to Catherine-wheels strewn across the landscape. A windmill perched on a high crag casts an all-seeing messianic gaze, its lazy blades turning the cogs of time.

This unique digital tapestry, composed of layer upon layer of perspective, atmospheric phenomena and people, uses new CG technology and 3D effects.  The film stars Charlotte Rampling, Michael York and Rutger Hauer as Bruegel, the film opened at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and was praised by Dennis Harvey in Variety as “an extraordinary imaginative leap; visually ravishing, surprisingly beguiling gamble; immersive experience… remarkable.” and by David D’Arcy in Screen International as “a breakthrough epic film… a revelation that should not be missed.”

Revival Series films at the Charles Theater are presented in 35mm prints.  Screenings on Monday 1/31 at 7pm and again on Thursday at 9pm.  For more information, please visit the Charles Theater website.

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