All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
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!
Task #8 : A Foreign Film!
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…
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…
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,…
Bergman demonstra seu descontentamento com a humanidade num filme de rigor visual inacreditável. Por outro lado, fica difícil assistir O Sétimo Selo e sair da sessão com um parecer pessimista; o diretor consegue, em meio ao seu pesado atestado sobre a condição humana - que, em sua essência, não mudou tanto da era medieval para os tempos atuais -, incutir cenas de incrível ternura, através do puro casal de circenses / atores.
Nosso passado histórico num de seus momentos mais desesperadores, a relação dos homens com a fé e com a morte, a maldade e a inocência são magistralmente retratados nessa obra que é definitiva para a carreira do diretor (abre a porta para sua melhor fase, entre os anos 60 e 70) e para o próprio cinema.
"I will be quiet, but under protest."
Some top-tier dollys-in in this movie.
Esperava uma coisa bem mais hermética e subjetiva. Acabou sendo o exato oposto, bem convidativo e compreensível, com desdobramentos que passam até mesmo por piadinhas de bêbado.
Todo esse niilismo de rasgar o cú meio que chega no papo manso, quando mal se espera você já se vê lá junto com a trupe do cavaleiro aí.
Haunting and dark, this movie struck me from the beginning to the end. "Have you done anything useful with this reprieve?"
The acting is out of this world. Perfect film.
A grim but also playful look at the study of death and what the meaning of life is to one or another person. Or even to groups of people. What lies beyond death and the existential crises that a struggling acceptor of the end must embrace.
Max Von Sydow plays a Knight from the Crusades on his way to meet with Death at long last. He only prolongs that dark fate by playing an extensive game of chess. Through out the film you see how Death as a theme is pulled back and forth in a dark, gritty and depressing nature but also have a comedic, light-hearted and accepting kind of twist to go along with it. It's a battle…
For a long time, this film was almost shorthand for European / art / "difficult" film, but since I've started reading more about cinema, I've repeatedly encountered the counter-argument that it's actually undeserving of that reputation, and it handles the big questions of fate, death and faith surprisingly lightly. Even with that knowledge buzzing around my head beforehand, it surprised me how much of this film is pretty much a comedy, albeit in the Shakespearean sense where the jokes are less "ha ha", and more "ah yes, I see that wit is being deployed here and I appreciate it".
To be honest, I'm not sure how to rate it - there are moments of transcendent beauty, like the red squirrel…
Film #22 of the "Scavenger Hunt #4" Challenge!
Task #25. A film featuring a bear!
Rewatched this film today, I have seen it before but that was long ago.
This is a beautiful film about a knight coming back from the crusades, finding his home country stricken with the plague. When he encounters Death, he challenges him to a game of chess, hoping to win some time and to find answers to the meaning of life and death, and what God and the Devil have to do with it.
Even though the film is quite slow paced, it never bored me (maybe because it is quite short as well). The characters are colorful (though the film is…