A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
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…
Eh, Bogus Journey was better.
As a fantasy film, it is right up there with the most interesting ideas, ideologies, and deals with such curious human thoughts that have only been expressed so clearly in this beautiful, beautiful piece of cinema by Ingmar Bergman.
Dealing with existentialism and questioning God and higher beings can so often seem forced and irritating, and weakening the character. Very few times, if ever, have I seen this existentialism empower a character so much as Antonius Block, who was brilliantly played by Max von Sydow.
As far as drama goes, it's certainly up there too, with tension building throughout in a very fluid and effective unraveling of the plot, in a manner which imports genius into every scene from Bergman's…
Watching The Seventh Seal for the first time, I could not shake a familiar feeling of when I read Shakespeare.
The film brims with suspense, dread, and is also startlingly funny.
It is the grimmest kind of fairy tale
Gorgeous, stark, witty, resigned but hopeful, sacrilegious and searching, thought-provoking...
The Seventh Seal is my first Ingmar Bergman film. I know, I know! Along time ago I was had tickets to see Hour of the Wolf in a theater, and I had the DVD of Wild Strawberries from Netflix for a long time, but I just never wound up seeing them. So I decided "enough is enough" and sat down to watch what is the most iconic of Bergman's films. And what a great film to kick off my love of Bergman to.
The thing I really love about early and mid-century cinema, and especially "foreign-language" films is seeing how the directors of that period were trying to effectively create documented stage plays within the frame. And that was really…
Monumental retrato del hombre frente a la muerte, el existencialismo y todas esas otras cosas en las que preferimos no pensar.
Everyone is going to hate me for this, but I do not like The Seventh Seal. This is a film that has so much influence in the world of filmmaking. I have a lot of respect for this particular piece, but when I finally got to sit down and watch it, I didn't enjoy the experience.
The most frustrating part about not enjoying Ingmar Bergman's film is that the themes and philosophies within it loom over my head. I identify -- much like how many others do -- with that Antonius Block. I question why I was set on earth, the path I must follow, religion and I understand that ultimately death will take me no matter how long I…
I won't lie... It was a long and painful watch. I liked Wild Strawberries a lot more.
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