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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…
I'm gonna contemplate my rating of this for a while....
The Seventh Seal is one of those great movies that you can appreciate more in an intellectual way rather than in a emotional one.
But trust me your brain will spin on this one.
pretty good movie! i kinda did not pay attention at all during the first half, but the second half was real solid. i think the decision to personify death was really interesting— he’s there and not there at once. is death like that? i also really liked the conversation around religion in the marching scene. how everyone interrupts their day in order to drop to their knees. and the parallel with the final scene when lisa (i think?) drops to her knees….like who are you REALLY praising. i was also not sold on the setting but i think the black plague is a pretty good backdrop for talking about the nature of death and religion.overall good job ingmar
wowowow. watched this for the first time tonight because ingmar bergman is one of my friend's fav directors and i liked persona well enough.
i'll have to watch this again but man this was just so so beautiful. i feel shaken
Where have you been all my life?
Beautiful, intelligent, and stands the test of time in every way.
Love the crisis of faith during the Black Death angle.
I need to watch more Bergman.
So after watching this last night I was left puzzled and bamboozled and definitely needed time to further analyze this film, re-watch scenes and read other reviews in attempt to gain a better understanding of this film.
Holy shit, this film is really really well put together. At first glance, I felt like I was missing the point a lot of the time despite seeing some incredible dialogue and moving scenes, but with further analysis I think it's pretty much fair to say that this is a masterpiece.
Everything good about this film has been said a million times before and so I won't rehash it all but I would like to stress that you can't just watch this film once.
The only magic things in life and death are memories. At least this is the quote of the tattoo in my hip.
Anyway this is the best black and white movie of all time, black and white like life and death, black and white like a cheesboard, black like the cape of the death and pale white like the colour of her skin..
I want you all to vote on what you think are the greatest films of all time!
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