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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!
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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…
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…
There's nothing I can say about this work of art that hasn't already been said better by smarter people.
Pretty much a piece of genius from Bergman. An incredibly thought provoking movie. Creepy and atmospheric throughout, and probably the most oddly amusing Bergman film. Once again he delivers a bleak movie with a hint of optimism hiding under the surface at the end.
An existentialist masterpiece, Bergman portrays his personal themes through every single cinematic method with style and substance while questioning them, evaluating them and then perfectly handing to you his detailed thoughts while still managing to tell a compelling and moving story. People say it's too obvious with it's symbolism but really that feels like a plus here due to the difficultly perfected line trod between narrative and philosophical questioning, Bergman really gets down to what he feels it means to live, or specifically what it means to die while also pondering other questions and parts of society like religion and love, while linking these back to his main hypothesis.
I don't really feel I have much more to add on what has been said before about this. It's beautiful, succinct and immensely profound and really got to me like no films often do.
The Seventh Seal is often considered one of the greatest films ever made, and will almost always make it in to the top critical "lists". The first time I saw this I was a little weary of its obvious age-defining qualities, technically speaking, but still rather impressed by its achievements thematically. This time around I feel it "clicked" with me, and it had quite the impact on me.
One of the first things I noticed is that all of the issues I had with the pacing being a bit slow suddenly seemed very intentional to me. There's still a few cuts that I think kind of show the lack of precision you see in the editing of older films, mostly…
Seen it a couple of time before, but this is the first time I actually saw it, if you know what I mean.
An ode to death's powerful, unflinching grip on humanity.
Classic flick with that trademark Bergman incoherence. Filmed beautifully in a way culminated by a few brilliant closing shots. Raised many existential and spiritual questions that I'm not quite ready to deal with at this point in my life.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
A knight and his squire return to their homeland after ten years away fighting in the crusades, cynical about life and finding devastation brought about by the plague. When the knight is visited by Death himself, he challenges him to a game of chess to buy a little more time...and to try to find answers to his questions about faith. An immensely influential film, with incredibly memorable imagery that people are familiar with even if they've never heard of this movie. Noted for kicking off the “art house cinema” idea in the 1950s, but is considerably more light-hearted than its reputation would suggest: there's real wit to the dialogue, especially in the case of the knight's sharp and sarcastic squire, Jöns. The film leaves many of its faith-related questions unanswered, almost to the point of ignoring the knight's questions altogether, which makes Death even more mysterious and frightening.
The first black and white film that I'd actually watch again.
Plently of great monologues that aren't too long and filled with a variety of great characters in a setting that completely caputered medieval times.
There is so much more to THE SEVENTH SEAL than you guys realize. I mean...the dude playing chess with Death is only like 5 minutes of the movie, people!
The film has some amazing imagery, ranging from poetic to downright haunting. The film was a reflection on death from Bergman stemming from his own fears and thoughts on the subject. As our characters traverse a plague-ridden landscape, death literally at their heels, we see two main views on the topic: one of depressing realism, and one of optimistic indifference. At the film's end, we aren't given a definitive answer, but rather are presented the facts as they are and are meant to draw our own conclusions. Bergman isn't setting out…
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…