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Bruegel's masterpiece on the big screen

Updated 1059 GMT (1859 HKT) March 30, 2012
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Polish film director Lech Majewski has brought Pieter Bruegel the Elder's painting "The Way to Calvary" onto the big screen in new film "The Mill and the Cross." Actor Rutger Hauer plays the artist. Animedia
"The Mill and the Cross" faithfully recreates scenes from the painting and required painstaking craftmanship in the form of hand-made costumes as well as CGI and 3D imagery to bring the more surreal elements of the work to life. Animedia
As is common in a Bruegel painting, "The Way to Calvary" juxtaposes historical scenes with those of sixteenth-century Flanders. Animedia
Actress Charlotte Rampling plays Mary in "The Mill and the Cross." Animedia
Majewski, a painter himself, is drawn to bringing paintings and painters to the silver screen. He previously wrote the script for the 1996 movie "Basquiat," about the graffiti artist turned expressionist painter. Getty Images
Director Lech Majewski with actor Rutger Hauer at the Sundance Film Festival in 2011; since premiering at film festivals around the globe, the movie has garnered positive reviews. Getty Images
The Bruegel painting which inspired Majewski is in the collection of the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, Austria. Courtesy: Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna