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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.
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…
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…
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,…
We must make an idol of our fear, and call it God.
More of an experience than a mere film. Exploring faith through the silence of God with a knight returning after a decade away in the Crusades is more then just brilliant, it's powerful film making. That description of course doesn't even begin to do the film justice or contain all the themes it explores.
The knight is Antonius Block played by Max von Sydow, who couldn't be more then 28 at the time, but still embodies experience beyond his years behind a stoic demeanor. His frustrations never seem to get the better of him, but his disillusionment with faith and need for answers is very much…
I liked this one, but I must confess: it doesn't look like the ultimate masterpiece everyone tells me about. It's a good movie and there are certain things that I'm sure I will remember and think about later. All in all, I'm glad this is not the dark, boring, pretentious film I expected.
I really enjoyed this, and it covers a lot of feelings and poses a lot of questions, with plenty of striking imagery, but I didn't entirely get it.
Then I watched the original trailer and it basically analyses the film in a minute and now I get it. That's weird.
A chess game with death.
"We carve an idol out of our fear and call it God."
Bergman, primer contacto: sensación agridulce. Las inquietudes que plantea sobre la existencia de Dios, su forma de manifestarse y la vida después de la muerte no me parecieron deslumbrantes sino bastante elementales. Es cierto que probablemente estos dilemas existenciales no habían sido trasladados al cine, pero tampoco creo que hayan sido abordados en profundidad.
El inicio es más que interesante y merece todos los elogios por su originalidad. La imagen del caballero jugando ajedrez con la muerte quedará grabada para siempre en la historia del cine. Y a pesar de todo creo que se le sacó poco provecho. Max Von Sydow y Bengt Ekerot merecían mucho más tiempo en pantalla. De su interacción surgieron los mejores momentos de la película.…
It meanders like a half remembered memory. It flows like a song. What could be better than this????
Varias cosas a tener en cuenta:
El dominio de la cámara es apabullante, la manera de lograr primeros planos con tal capacidad de expresión y de impacto sobre el espectador es mágico.
La luz, el claro oscuro, el fundido y el paisaje como personajes tan presentes como los reales.
Hay en ella también una especie de humor latente que no deja de desconcertar en medio de una historia serena que trata la búsqueda por retar y descubrir que se esconde más allá de la vida y la muerte.
La historia a priori más sencilla de lo que se puede esperar, se convierte en un camino tortuoso hacia reflexiones existencialistas, pero a su vez perfectamente comprensibles. Se va creando un miedo…
Antonius Block: Who are you?
Death: I am Death.
Antonius Block: Have you come for me?
Death: I have long walked by your side.
Antonius Block: So I have noticed.
Death: Are you ready?
Antonius Block: My body is ready, but I am not.
These words gives me goosebumps, so beautiful and strong. The Chess scenes with death is some of the best scene in movie history.
“Why do you paint such nonsense?” “To remind people they’re going to die.”
The Seventh Seal is a disgustingly verbose, self-involved, unoriginal, contrived film with a lame premise and the goofiest portrayal of anything evil I’ve ever seen. I almost faked my death halfway through to get out of it.
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…