The Seventh Seal

Thursday, October 28, 2010 7:37 PM By Simon

-This is one of the best movies I've ever seen. Like, ever.

-I mean, I go in expecting some dour philosophical waxing and lots of screen-chess I'd offer some highly valuable advice to ("Yup, that's a Bishop. It sure does go that way."). But, dude. It was funny and sad and sweet and horrific and dude.

-You can tell how serious this is when I forgo psuedo-intellectual faux-criticism for pure, fangirlish squeals. This shit is hardcore.

-I mean...for good reason, the opening scene and the penultimate shot are the most iconic, but there's so much more...Death (Bengt Ekerot) is a dry, amiable dude who slacks off on the job to play some chess with a medieval monk (Max von Sydow, before he started playing all those Nazis) who's Time has Come. As the game goes on for awhile, the monk and his squire (Gunnar Björnstrand) go about the countryside, avoiding the Black Death and picking up various passengers, including a family of actors/jugglers (Nils Poppe and Bibi Andersson), and their young son.

-I'd watch this again. It's just so layered, this time around, I watched on pure superficial level (story, acting). But next time, I gotta look into the themes. And junk.

-I like this Ingmar Bergman guy. Except every time I read his name, I think of Ingrid Bergman. Hm.

-So, anyway. Go watch this motherfucker.


Castor said...

I don't know what's going on but your blog keeps redirecting me to a bunch of ads

October 29, 2010 at 7:47 AM
Simon said...

Castor: I know, working on it.

October 29, 2010 at 1:00 PM
AK said...

Love this film, everything about it. And when I saw it, I thought Max was the most beautiful man who ever lived.
(PS: no problems with re-directing on this side)

October 29, 2010 at 4:35 PM
Chris said...

I think that black and white is very suitable for a film about the black death. It did have a sort of timeless or historical quality about it. A documentary about the plaque may not have illuminated the inner, subjective struggle with God that this fictional film managed.
I think you need to understand what people were like in the middle ages to appreciate what Bergman was trying to say.

Not my favourite of Bergman's, I think I enjoy talking about this film more than actually watching it ( :

October 30, 2010 at 2:00 PM