Screen/Society--Dinner and a Movie Series --"The Mill and the Cross"
Film Screening - presented in connection with the Nasher Museum of Art's exhibition, The Human Position: Old Master Works from the Collection (June 20-August 18, 2013)
The Mill and the Cross
(Lech Majewski, 2011, 92 min, Poland & Sweden, in English, Color)
What would it be like to step inside a great work of art, have it come alive around you, and even observe the artist as he sketches the very reality you are experiencing? Lech Majewski brings to life Pieter Bruegel's masterpiece "The Way to Calvary", the story of the crucifixion, setting it in 16th century Flanders under brutal Spanish occupation. Rutger Hauer plays the artist, Michael York his patron, and Charlotte Rampling the Virgin Mary. As epic events unfold, bawdy country living continues unabated: couples entwine, musicians play wind instruments, soldiers torment their enemies mercilessly, and children scurry about. Using sophisticated computer technology, the filmmaker creates a brilliantly complex and fascinating multi-layered dreamscape that melds iconic moments in art, history, and religion with the quotidian lives of ordinary people.
"In this lush and hypnotic examination of a painter's work and the times in which he lived, Mr. Majewski presents an extended contemplation of the creative process itself." -- New York Times
Cost: Free and Open to the Public!
Sponsors: The Nasher Museum of Art and the Program in the Arts of the Moving Image (AMI)