Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The Mill & the Cross

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/mill-cross-berlin-review-97627 http://www.metacritic.com/movie/the-mill-and-the-cross The Mill & the Cross: Berlin Review 4:26 AM PST 2/9/2011 by Neil Young Rutger Hauer, Michael York and Charlotte Rampling fail to inspire passion in this tale of 16th-century art. ROTTERDAM -- If ever a film cried out for the 3D treatment, it's The Mill & the Cross, an ambitious but frustratingly flat attempt to explore, analyze and dramatize a masterpiece of 16th-century art. The presence of stars Rutger Hauer, Michael York and Charlotte Rampling will pique some interest, and the highbrow concept -- plus some striking high-definition digital visuals -- will ensure festival exposure. But this Polish/Swedish co-production, set in what's now Belgium and with nearly all of the (often clunky) dialogue spoken in English, has too much of a stodgy Euro-pudding feel to make much dent commercially. DVD sales, ideally packaged with book that inspired it, may prove more lucrative, particular in museum stores. Summary: Pieter Bruegel’s epic masterpiece The Way To Calvary depicts the story of Christ’s Passion set in Flanders under brutal Spanish occupation in the year 1564, the very year Bruegel created his painting. From among the more than five hundred figures that fill Bruegel’s remarkable canvas, The M The Mill & The Cross focuses on a dozen characters whose life stories unfold and intertwine in a panoramic landscape populated by villagers and red-caped horsemen. Among them are Bruegel himself, his friend and art collector Nicholas Jonghelinck, and the Virgin Mary. (Silesia Film)… Collapse Movie Info 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. -- (C) Kino Lorber


http://www.theguardian.com/film/2013/feb/21/lore-review http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lore_(film)#Plot Cast[edit source | edit]Saskia Rosendahl as Lore Kai Malina as Thomas Nele Trebs as Liesel Ursina Lardi as Mutti (the mother) Hans-Jochen Wagner as Vati (the father) André Frid as Günther Mika Seidel as Jürgen Eva-Maria Hagen as Omi (the grandmother) Nick Holaschke as Peter Sven Pippig as Bauer Philip Wiegratz as Helmut Production[edit source | edit]Initially the screenplay was written by Robin Mukherjee as an adaptation of The Dark Room. A few years later Cate Shortland joined the project and re-wrote part of the screenplay. In the dying days of the second world war, the Nazis are on the run, torching the evidence and leaving their children to wander the village streets where the charred remnants of incriminating documents float like gossamer on the breeze. Australian director Cate Shortland's drama is overflowing with such poetic visual touches, conjuring up a fairytale landscape of long shadows, wafting curtains and waving fronds. And yet, as with all the best fairytales, there is a blackness and brutality at its centre. Teenage Lore (Saskia Rosendahl) leads the good Nazi offspring away through the forest. She battles starvation and fends off the advances of the Jewish runaway she regards as a wolf. Ahead lies a cottage and safety, and a supposed happy ending, with a sting in its tail.