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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…
What's so appealing about this film is how easily it can change moods. While initially the prospect of playing a chess match against death seems amusing, the feeling around the match eventually shifts as it becomes apparent who's going to win. We also see less serious scenes shift dramatically in composure by introducing new elements, haunting music, and a very sudden change in the various characters' disposition.
Movies that tackle issues of mortality resonate very distinctly with me. Not so much when they look at what happens in the afterlife, but when they depict a character's struggles to come to grips with their emotions on the subject. The Seventh Seal portrays a man who's facing death, and having difficulty expressing…
I feel like it's become such a cliche to point out that there are uplifting parts to this film that it has almost wrapped around, and we have to talk about the depressing parts. What interested me the most this time was the meta aspects, the parts that ask what the point of making art is.
"It is finished."
"It is finished."
Stark and symbolic, this is the first Bergman film I've ever seen, and I can't wait to acquaint myself with his other works based on this visually and thematically captivating film.
i was surprised at how narrative-based this movie was: far more accessible than i expected so yeeee
Max von Sydow has a great stoic presence as this film's hero, a disenchanted knight returning to a Sweden of plague, disorder and restrictive piety, all the while engaged in a chess game, the consequences of which are literally life and death.
"I shall remember this hour of peace: the strawberries, the bowl of milk, your faces in the dusk. Mikael asleep, Jof with his lute. I shall remember our words, and shall bear this memory between my hands as carefully as a bowl of fresh milk."
Beautifully morbid is the best way I can think to describe The Seventh Seal. This is the first Bergman film I've seen and now I want more. I mainly put it on out of curiosity about its iconic Death vs. Knight chess game and, based on that scene, I really shouldn't have been surprised at the film's allegorical themes or that it had as many striking images as it did. But I was.
It's been roughly a year and a half since I was first told the premise of Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal and since then, I have anticipated watching it. The idea of a knight entering a chess match with Death is such an original, high concept idea - one that Bergman doesn't disappoint with. Set just after the conclusion of the Crusades, The Seventh Seal is a reflection of Bergman's questioning of the existence of God. A knight is returning home from years of war, only to discover the Black Plague has run rampant in his homeland. Death, in human form, comes to him and intends to take his life; however, before he can, the knight challenges him to a…
It's hilarious that even the people who sound like they really didn't enjoy it feel like they still have to give it 4 stars. Personally nothing resonated and I was bored. Gave up halfway through.
A movie that is strange, surreal, introspective and utterly banal, and which is very good at all of those things.
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