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The Seventh Seal
When disillusioned Swedish knight Antonius Block (Max von Sydow) returns home from the Crusades to find his country in the grips of the Black Death, he challenges Death (Bengt Ekerot) to a chess match for his life. Tormented by the belief that God does not exist, Block sets off on a journey, meeting up with traveling players Jof (Nils Poppe) and his wife, Mia (Bibi Andersson), and becoming determined to evade Death long enough to commit one redemptive act while he still lives.
Film #13 of the "Scavenger Hunt" Challenge!
Task #8 : A Foreign Film!
The opening scene on the beach is visually stunning! Max von Sydow plays Antonius Block a knight whom after many years as returned from fighting in the crusades!
With the black death engulfing all those around him melancholy washes over him prompting him to contemplate the meaning of his life, death and whether or not god exists for god is silent!
Man seeks God not the other way round which confounds Antonius! However unlike God death seeks us one by one and comes for Antonius but he is quick on his feet and delays his inevitable death by inviting death to play chess!
I was particularly enamored with all scenes involving Max von Sydow (Antonius Block) and Bengt Ekerot (Death) While thought provoking it was rewarding on so many different levels! I found it to be one of Bergman's more accessible films!
My first Bergman feature and it proved to be quite an intriguing one. The Seventh Seal poses some of the most pertinent questions known to mankind and that too in a very bare and straight out manner.
It tells the story of Antonious Block, a knight who is returning home after the crusades. He meets Death and challenges him to play a game of chess with him and in turn buys time of respite to reach home and meet his love. The film is a journey toward Block's home, his unending quest to know whether God really exists or not, and his meetings with people of multifarious kinds.
The film is filled with intelligent and contemplative dialogue of both kinds,…
''I met Death today. We are playing chess.''
Ingmar Bergman's 1957 hallowed masterpiece The Seventh Seal seems to exist in a pantheon of cinema greatness that is universally adored and cherished, with it's iconic symbolism and imagery imprinted on the minds and hearts of Cinephiles across all matter of time and space. As I ventured into my third viewing (the first in more than ten years), I was curious to discover whether the acclaim was still warranted, of which the answer was unequivocally 'Yes'.
I recently saw mentioned that Bergman's film Winter Light (made five years after this), is a modern retelling of the same themes in many ways, which is very astute considering what we know of the revered…
Much like Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, The Seventh Seal offers a cross section of Mediaeval life and while doing so it comments on our race, faith and life.
I don't know much about Bergman, but this feels like a personal exploration of an artist trying to figure out how he relates to God, the afterlife and his own mortality. Bergman does this by constructing a deeply philosophical allegory composed of classic iconic imagery and intelligent, contemplative dialogue.
In the Knight we find a man desperately clinging to life. Not because he is afraid to die, but because he needs answers. In a plague infested world he needs to understand why his God is silent. To buy time he challenges Death to…
Too short. Much shorter than what I've remembered, but it was six years ago when I last watched this masterpiece. Took me way too long to revisit and now I am deeply ashamed. From now on, I will whip myself for each time I've allowed a single dust particle to settle on the cover.
I crave for more. More! I want it to go on forever! The Seventh Seal has opened doors in my heart I never knew existed. The cobwebs are cleared, the lights switched on. Oh Bergman, how I've failed you. I must confess that I've barely touched your filmography so far. I'm an awful, awful person. Unforgivable! Everything I look for is right in front of me,…
My Great Uncle Jim, may he rest in peace, used to sit next to me at the dinner table every Thanksgiving and ask me "Hey Scott, seen any good movies lately?". Whatever I answered, if it was a film made after 1980 he would immediately show his disinterest and say "They just don't make em' like they used to", and I would roll my eyes and continue eating my dry turkey and canned cranberry sauce. I couldn't help but think of him while watching The Seventh Seal for the first time (that's right, first time, wanna fight about it?).
They really don't make films like The Seventh Seal anymore. At least, if they do, I certainly am missing out on…
definitely one of the best films of all time in my opinion. the concept is unique, and the script is spectacular. there are no faults with this film for me, it's Ingmar Bergman at his best.
"Jag har glömt hur pjäserna stod."
"Men jag har inte glömt. Så lätt ska du inte slippa undan!"
Ja, dialogen är ofta pretentiös, men filmen är så jävla vacker! Bergman är samtidigt en hantverkare och en stylist: både koncis och extravagant. Godard och Truffaut älskade honom av goda skäl.
The film spoke to me. Antonius Block spoke for me.
I liked this a lot more than I did the first time I saw it. I love that it's a film so known for grappling with serious subjects like God and death, yet it doesn't shy away from depicting the silly and joyous aspects of life as well. Gives you the full spectrum of human emotion. And despite the fact that so many parts of it have been referenced and parodied, it still works.
Dazzling, poetic film sends a knight wandering through Black Plague-ravaged lands after being challenged by Death to a game of chess. Wry, humanistic movie -- feeling, like so many of Bergman's '50s films, like a literal plunge into oblivion -- has too many beautiful images to count and guides the viewer through a dramatic range of emotions, especially at the stunning, dreamlike conclusion. There's horror, sadness, Bergman's trademark existentialist dread, yeah, but also a sense of humor, absurdity, life; maybe I'm alone but I don't even find that iconic closing dance to be pessimistic. It's one of the films that makes me thrilled to be alive and by the beauty of all things, even death.
Admittedly this doesn't live up…
Anoche vi El séptimo sello de Ingmar Bergman. La película es de 1957 y es la primera de muchas que quiero ver a lo largo del año. En 2014 no vi apenas películas y las pocas que vi eran (en su mayoría) películas para pasar el rato y punto. Con la llegada del 2015 me he propuesto ver más cine y que además sea de calidad (al menos en su mayoría). La primera elegida fue esta producción sueca que no necesita presentación. La escena del principio en la que la muerte juega al ajedrez contra el protagonista es más que icónica.
La película relata el viaje de regreso a casa de un caballero de las cruzadas (Antonious Block) junto a…
Antonius Block: "I shall remember this moment: the silence, the twilight, the bowl of strawberries, the bowl of milk. Your faces in the evening light. Mikael asleep, Jof with his lyre. I shall try to remember our talk. I shall carry this memory carefully in my hands as if it were a bowl brimful of fresh milk. It will be a sign to me, and a great sufficiency."
Movie #2 in a sojourn with Ingmar Bergman
It didn't take long to return to Bergman - 24 hours to be exact! How could I have neglected you Ingmar all of these years?!!
This was a grim and dark time in history - depicted through the eyes of a knight just returned from a futile campaign to conquer the world for God. It was the era of the crusades, the inquisitions, and a very dark and distorted view of a God of wrath who needed to be appeased for the black plague he had inflicted on Europe.
Full of dark and vivid imagery, some of which evaded me. Thankfully, my lit major friend Bruce helped clear up some of the…
Hiding under the heavy, heavy weight of the questions this film asks, and forces you to ask yourself, what shocked me was the humor 'The Seventh Seal' allowed for.
Crusades, plagues, infidelity, rape, murder, being terrified of the afterlife (or lack thereof) is the fare offered here but Bergman still tries to make you smile occasionally. Dude was complicated, and one of the best philosophers of his time.