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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…
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,…
Not much wrong with this one.
-Cancelled... because of Death.
This is so much funnier than people give it credit for being.
I sat at my computer for thirty minutes trying to write a review that captured all my feelings for this film, but no matter what I wrote it always felt like it fell short and did this film absolutely no justice.
So I’ll just say this: Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal is a masterpiece.
Almost allegorical, it asks mankind’s quintessential question: is there meaning to life? I feel honored and privileged to have been able to see this contribution to Cinematic Art.
Personalmente me encontré más maravillado por su apartado técnico que por la historia en sí, ese uso del blanco y negro sumado con algunas de las interpretaciones y esa gloriosa escena inicial debe ser ya de por sí las razones para ver esta cinta.
This is an absolutely beautiful, witty and amazing film. The composition and contrast of the shots made me physically scream "FUCK YOU!" to the television in hope that Bergman will know that he has made sure that i can never be as good as him.
The themes of death, war and sex, although so universal seemed to strike stronger chords in this film. It was made in 1957, Jesus Christ! Bergman was way ahead of his time.
This film is humanistic and humoristic, i recommend everyone to watch it at least once in their life.
The idea that someone might write a review of this movie is pretty funny.
The shot where the light over the door is the blade of a scythe and the shadow of the door is the handle
I don't have to say anything about this movie . . . because it's "The Seventh Seal." There's not much of anything I can add to what's already been said. It's good. Go watch it.
In place of a detached review, I'm going to say what this film means to me. I first watched this movie my junior year of high school. It marked a change in my taste--from grindhouse to . . . well, /not/ grindhouse. The scene where the repentant walk in procession, whipping each other and wailing, was one of the most terribly beautiful things I had ever seen. The feeling that it left me with had such an impact on me, that I wanted anything I wrote (creatively speaking) to have the same impact on my reader.