PETER Bruegel the Elder’s 16th Century painting of the crucifixion is explored in Polish filmmaker Lech Majewski’s remarkable movie The Mill and the Cross which will be screened at the Splendid Cinema this Sunday (April 22).
The movie is anything but a straightforward narrative film and depicts the Flemish artist Bruegel, played by Rutger Hauer, painting his 1564 masterpiece The Procession to Calvary.
What makes the painting such a remarkable piece of art is how Bruegel populates his crowded scene with images taken from contemporary life.
While central to the painting is obviously Christ carrying his cross, the images are from 16th century Belgium, not 33 AD Judea. The film presents the audience with snippets of early modern Flemish folk-life as the artist himself would have seen it.
Majewski then demonstrates, through Hauer’s performance, how each little piece of observed country-living fits into the larger painting Bruegel envisioned.
Much like putting together a complicated jigsaw puzzle, The Mill and the Cross doesn’t tell a story so much as presents insight into how such a remarkable piece of art was constructed.
The film also features Michael York as Bruegel’s patron Nicholaes Jongelinck and Charlotte Rampling as a peasant woman Bruegel uses as his model for the Virgin Mary.
It is being screened at the Worcester Arts Workshop on Sansome Street at 7.30pm and tickets are £5 on the door.
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