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The Seventh Seal
Ingmar Bergmann’s masterpiece film about confronting death. Death comes to a knight upon his arrival from battle and attempts to take him away. The knight challenges Death to a chess match as the people around them are haunted by the plague. The Seventh Seal comes from a riddle about crusaders who arrive home after a few years to find their people affected by the plague.
''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…
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,…
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…
The Seventh Seal was surprisingly more witty than I expected it to be, but even if it can be quite fun at times (I even laughed at several occasions), it's tone can suddenly change into a more serious one in just a few seconds, without feeling tonally inconsistent. Everyone in the film is constantly surrounded by death in some way. It of course takes place during the Black Death, where death was present everywhere. The one who probably deals the most with death, and even directly with the embodiment of death itself, is Max Von Sydow's character. He tries to deal with his fear of death, and in the very first scene of the movie, Death comes to take him,…
Danse Macabre and the philosophical questions of life at the verge of death. The Seventh Seal is the film that put Bergman on the map as a force to be reckon with in the world of cinema. Despite gaining much praise from his previous film Smiles of a Summer Night from the year before it was this film which won the Special Jury Prize at Cannes that set him on the path to iconic status among film critics. This is very much the truth with the film being Bergman's first of many masterpieces of filmmaking to come.
What makes The Seventh Seal on top of the elite is how Bergman works with such smaller scale production values, few locations and…
This has to be one of the greatest depictions of death, religion and how meaningless life really is. Wow.. i think thats just where ill stop...
The Seventh Seal has some really stunning camerawork, but at the same time it didn't really captivate me. If my taste/standards are too modern, or if I simply wasn't in the right state of mind to really get into it I don't know. Perhaps its theatrical acting, or some of its more abstract dialogues that put me off somewhat. Not really sure what to think of it yet.
Film #19 of the 30 countries 30 films challenge
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It is hard to rate really old movies especially when those movies are classics and considered a masterpiece by the majority. For me this was not a masterpiece unfortunately. Still i enjoyed watching it and i was surprised how good the film looked.
I have never been more terrified by a film in my entire life. Ingmar Bergman's masterpiece hit me right in the middle of a on-going existential crisis and shook my spirituality and beliefs to the very core. From the first chess move, to the the awe inspiring final march on the hill this movie is just... I can't even describe it. But I will end this review with a quote from the eternal Andrei Tarkovsky about the function of art that this film has perfected.
"The allotted function of art is not, as is often assumed, to put across ideas, to propagate thoughts, to serve as an example. The aim of art is to prepare a person for death, to plough and harrow his soul, rendering it capable of turning to good."
This is the first Bergman film I've seen, and I gotta say, it did not disappoint. The basic story of it has been referenced so much in other media that I would imagine everyone is familiar with it to some degree, or at least the idea of playing a game against death. I was surprised with just how nihilistic parts of the film are though, particularly how things end or really anything concerning the character Jons. His pragmatic atheism provides a good comparison against Block's more ponderous agnosticism and the world at large's widespread religious fanaticism. All of these combined make for an interesting exploration of religion and faith, and the plague-ridden middle ages is a smart choice of setting for such themes. Now I just need to watch Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey again so I can compare the two.
THIS MOVIE IS OVERRATED NO ROBOTS NO TITTIES FUCK THIS MOVIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IT WILL BURN IN HELL FIRE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Watched it again, with the English soundtrack.
Ingmar Bergman has a reputation for making depressing films, but I have found that to be untrue so far, especially in this case. After a while, it's a delight to spend time with these characters, and there is quite a bit of humour to be found in this meditation on death. And damn, that Gunnar Björnstrand is a handsome fellow.
I suspect I'll like this more when I see it again.