This is how I would introduce a newcomer to foreign classics, from most accessible to least accessible. I'm still a…
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…
The Seventh Seal, directed by Ingmar Bergman, is one of the most highly acclaimed and important movie of all time. Not only was it Bergman's first major movie( who went on to become one of the most acclaimed directors of all time), it also launched the career of legendary actor Max Von Sydow. And its importance to art house cinema and even foreign cinema is too much to even describe. Suffice to say, I was very excited to watch this one. And I loved it.
The Seventh Seal is one of the best movies I've ever seen. It follows a knight (played by Max Von Sydow) and his squire who return from the crusades after 10 years of battle.…
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…
I don't want to say too much about The Seventh Seal because I feel like it will slowly settle in over some time, and I feel uncertain as to whether I did really 'like' it. It's odd; exploring death in such an ominous manner with a strange comedic tone too stirs me in some way. It's different and I appreciate its original roots as a play in its translation to screen, but to say I fully comprehend its impact on myself would be a lie.
The atmosphere of the world we're put into is definitely apocalyptic, and not without reason. The plague is killing people off, yes, but also: everybody dies. It's a truth I rarely confront but one which the characters of THE SEVENTH SEAL have on the brain. And given the certainty of death, is life meaningless? The film raises several heady questions such as this but I'm unequipped to parse all the answers. All I know is that THE SEVENTH SEAL is exceptionally shot, acted, staged, and edited. It's worthy of its reputation.
Film #5 of Blank's Scavenger Hunt Mini
Task 5/16: A film from The Boring Straight Boy Canon.
The original arthouse movie.
Heavy, dark, thoughtful, symbolic.
"...και ενώ το μηδέν-μηδέν παραμένει, οι δύο προπονητές ξεκινάνε τις κινήσεις τους στη σκακιέρα του ματς..."
Από εδώ πρέπει να βγήκε.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Ingmar Bergman #2 of my Marathon of Filmspotting Marathons.
Once again, this isn't quite what I expected. Knowing about the "playing chess against Death" conceit, I still did not foresee that Bergman's version of Death would not be so far from Terry Pratchett's. I'm starting to wonder if the image of Bergman as a dour, pensive and depressing filmmaker is accurate at all... but maybe we'll see more of that. Not that this film isn't contemplative, but depressing ? Granted, anything taking place in 15th century Europe is bound to be somewhat grim, what with the Black Plague and all, but there's hope to be found too, to the point that I'd say it's…
Ingmar Bergman's medieval morality play about man in search of the meaning of life is set in 14th-century Sweden. But it's a magically powerful film--the story seems to be playing itself out in a medieval present. A knight (Max von Sydow), tormented and doubting, returns from 10 wasted years in the Crusades, and Death (Bengt Ekerot) comes to claim him. Hoping to gain some revelation or obtain some knowledge before he dies, the knight challenges Death to a game of chess. As they play, the knight observes scenes of cruelty, rot, and suffering that suggest the tortures and iniquity Ivan Karamazov described to Alyosha. In the end, the knight tricks Death in order to save a family of strolling players--a…
This was the first Bergman movie that I saw, It was so real and frightening for me that I couldn't watch it till the end at first. This spectacular movie dares to ask serious questions about life, death and absence of God and it never turns it's back from the harsh answers.
Watching it again made me realize how fantastic it is written, acted and directed. one of the best movie that I have ever seen.
Director Ingmar Bergman provides us with a beautiful work of art, a series of universal questions we all ask ourselves at one point. Somehow, he is able to juggle themes of death, life, religion, and more all in a 97 minute movie. The film is packed to the bone with symbolism, with all most every frame meaning something. I could tell you more, but everything I could say has already been said before. Go check it out. It's a must see.
I'm so glad I could finally sit down and watch this one, which is also my first watch of a film by Bergman. I can safely say it's a good one to start with.
Quando comecei a assistir mais filmes eu precisava de um caminho pra seguir e caí de cabeça em um monte…
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1187. An easy way of seeing how…