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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!
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,…
Film #3 of my Scavenger Hunt #3 Challenge
Task #30: A film depicting medieval times
This is of course best known for the playing chess against Death scenes, referenced and parodied multiple times. I had always assumed there was a sense of metaphysical doom and gloom dominating the entire proceedings but was surprised to find that the film has many light and humorous moments throughout. The medieval setting brings a disillusioned knight returning from the crusades back to a home that is ravaged by the plague, which makes him question his faith even more. He meets up with a pair of travelling players and their baby, whose outlook on life is much more optimistic despite their own…
So I've finally watched my first Bergman film.
This movie is about knight Antonius Block (Max von Sydow) and his game of chess against Death (Bengt Ekerot) himself. This chess game goes on over several days, every evening they meet to play a little. The knight uses the time to find out about life, death and the existence of god. He travels with his squire Jöns (Gunnar Björnstrand) and meets many people who follow him.
It sounds really dark, depressing and thought provoking but in some instances it even is funny. There were scenes that made menlaugh out loud. Other scenes were really hard to watch. And even other scenes where really scary, at least for me.
The acting was…
Bergman's much-acclaimed "The Seventh Seal" opens with an ethereal rendition of a hymn from the Book of Revelations: "And when the Lamb opened the seventh seal, there was 'silence in heaven' about the space of half an hour. And the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound." Broken and defeated, Knight Antonius Block, along with his nihilistic squire, rises from the stone-covered beach to begin his quest for answers to the deepest questions ever conceived, all arising out of this "silence in heaven": Is there a God? If yes, why doesn't he show himself? Is it all a part of a plan, as people call it 'destiny'? Or do men simply live out their lives of…
The only Bergman I've seen so far. Being swedish I understood the verbal dialogue, but I didn't find the movie the movie to be very special. Max von Sydow looks pretty cool though, and Antonius Block is an incredible name.
The local arthouse decided to screen a pristine print of this striking medieval film. I was eagerly awaiting to come back to it again. It managed to impress me even more.
The Seventh Seal is an inquisitive masterclass of deep ideas. It is so singular and seems unable to be put into one classification. It's an exhilarating amendment about the presence of Death. It's a thought provoking treatise on the absence of God. It's also an eloquent example of people who are besieged in faith and reason. But it's mainly a reflection on coping with doubt.
It's impressive that Bergman hasn't entrenched all of this in funereal air. That could've been the fallout of a religious study in self importance.…
A few things surprised me about this film since when I saw it several years ago.
1. Humor- the Seventh Seal, while still being a dark film, has plenty of wit and humor especially in its middle section when the characters arrive in the village.
2. It is amazing that Antonius Block's chess match with Death actually works. When else has a metaphor ever been so direct?
3. Scale- I remember this film being on a very intimate scale with only Block, his squire, and Death. The theatre troupe and the characters in the village add much humanity.
I realize that there's not much I can say about this movie that hasn't already been said, so I'll keep it simple: this is a great film, quite possibly one of the greatest. The Seventh Seal tells an incredibly important and universal story that's grounded in a specific (and well-realized) setting. It combines beautiful cinematography, fantastic performances, grim philosophizing of the highest order, genuine wit and grace with regard to characterization. Bergman imbues a simple story with extraordinary depth and humanity, and it's a story that I will happily revisit.
As with all Bergman films, "Seventh Seal" really examines death in a close, personal way. Death literally confronts a knight during the Crusades and challenges him to a game of chess. The stakes - his friends' lives. Max von Sydow portrays the amazing struggle between humanity and faith, showing where they often butt heads.