Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Mill and the Cross (2011)


The Mill and the Cross (2011), watched last nigh through the magic of the Netflix, is a profound Lenten meditation, based on Pieter Bruegel the Elder's 1556 paining The Procession to Calvary, depicting Our Savior's crucifixion in contemporary Flanders under Spanish rule:


Nicolaes Jonghelinck, banker, patron, and humanist, was a particularly noble and compelling character in this film which had little dialogue. The film displays man's inhumanity to man juxtaposed against celebrations of the little joys of the common life, Bruegelian themes, with lush cinematography.

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