Lech Majewski, a widely reputed Polish visual artist who has shown at the Museum of Modern Art and the Venice Biennale, has created a motion picture: The Mill and the Cross, based on the painting by Peter Bruegel, The Way to Calvary. The inspiration came from the book The Mill and the Cross, written by renowned art historian, Michael Francis Gibson, in which the story of Christ’s Passion is set in Flanders in the year 1564, the very year Bruegel painted his masterpiece. Among the five hundred plus figures swarming over Bruegel’s canvas, Gibson and Majewski selected a dozen characters whose life stories unfold and intertwine. To recreate this unique work on film, a group of computer graphic wizards produced backgrounds from the original Bruegel paintings, an elaborate task, in view of amount of special effects required.
First Friday Films is a collaboration with The Strand Theatre in Rockland presented monthly on first Fridays focusing on artists and the visual arts, with a brief discussion following the film. Tickets are $7 for members, $8.50 for nonmembers and are for sale at the Strand box office prior to film