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The Seventh Seal
When disillusioned Swedish knight Antonius Block returns home from the Crusades to find his country in the grips of the Black Death, he challenges Death 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 and his wife, Mia, 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…
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…
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…
An incredible feat.
"The Seventh Seal" is a peculiar dance with Death which I would have given a higher star rating had I actually understood what was going on. "Sophisticated" is not the right word to describe me, I'm afraid...
finally, my fake film hoe ass watched this
Arguably one of the most influential films ever made, Ingmar Bergman's masterpiece lays out a narrative and visual template for the exploration of existential themes borrowed by filmmakers all over the world. I could watch this film 100 times.
Film 13/30 of the Travel Around the World Scavenger Hunt
Task #30: A movie directed by Ingmar Bergman
Max von Sydow is a disillusioned knight after fighting 10 years in the Crusades. His mind is messed up and is questioning God and the meaning of life, especially considering the turmoil going on in that time such as the notorious Black Plague. He comes across Death and attempts to cheat death through a chess game, and the rest of The Seventh Seal is history.
My first time watching The Seventh Seal (and an Ingmar Bergman film, in that matter), and I was really impressed. His direction throughout is super crisp, with spooky atmosphere throughout and features a mostly compelling story…
The Seventh Seal is that one movie I need to watch again because it is a bit much for a first viewing.
This film was way different than I expected.
I love the performances.
I really need to watch this again soon.
Everyone praises this movie, and I just thought it was good. Bergman creates some fantastic shots, and the black and white cinematography is great.
This could be rated differently on a second watch.
Profound and perfect.
After his surprise success at the 1956 Cannes Film Festival (at least it surprised Bergman’s many detractors in the Swedish film industry), Ingmar Bergman returned home with a new prestige and had a greater freedom in his choice of projects. For his next film he returned to a script that had previously been turned down: The Seventh Seal. This remains his most famous work. When he died this is the one named on the news broadcasts. It is the iconic film of 1950s Art Cinema. Certain images, such as Death playing chess with the knight, will be known by anyone with an interest in cinema, whether they have seen the film or not. I even remember walking into the room…
A list of films I haven't seen........
I should be ashamed of myself.
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Between 2015 and 2016, a series of…