MIDNIGHT OIL: Charlotte Rampling made a flying visit to the Louvre on Wednesday evening for the French premiere of “The Mill and the Cross.” “I must leave you right away to take the last Eurostar,” the British actress said after introducing the movie, directed by Polish artist Lech Majewski and inspired by Flemish Renaissance painter Pieter Bruegel. The film, which also stars Rutger Hauer and Michael York, painstakingly recreates scenes from Bruegel’s “The Way to Calvary” through a mixture of film and 3D digital effects that appear to plunge the viewer inside the painting. Majewski said post-production took two years. “I felt like a monk in a cloister,” he said. “One shot has 147 layers. In order to count it through the computers, it took eight days. So any correction would take another eight days.” He paid tribute to the young technicians who helped him complete the film. “I never thought that young people had patience, but they did. And the girlfriends were calling and saying, “It’s 10 o’clock, dinner’s cold, you don’t need to come back home.”

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