The Seventh Seal (Det Sjunde inseglet) (1957)
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Endlessly imitated and parodied, Ingmar Bergman's landmark art movie The Seventh Seal (Det Sjunde Inseglet) retains its ability to hold an audience spellbound. Bergman regular Max von Sydow stars as a 14th century knight named Antonius Block, wearily heading home after ten years' worth of combat. Disillusioned by unending war, plague, and misery Block has concluded that God does not exist. As he trudges across the wilderness, Block is visited by Death (Bengt Ekerot), garbed in the traditional
Feb 16, 1957 Wide
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Bergman's visually striking medieval morality play [was] the work that gained him an international reputation.
Its view of a seemingly godless landscape in the grip of plague is still bold and frightening.
Not only highly impressive but thought-provoking, relevant and intensely moving in our present, nervous, times.
Essentially intellectual, yet emotionally stimulating, too, it is as tough -- and rewarding -- a screen challenge as the moviegoer has had to face this year.
The movie is an unbending breakdown of the human soul, and perhaps one of the finest - and most confrontational - ever made.
90 minutes of iconic imagery, some deep questions and a surprising amount of humor. This is Art with a capital A, but that doesn't mean it's not entertaining at the same time, which only makes its artistry even greater.
Ingmar Bergman's provocative existential drama was the first to garner him great international attention.
The Seventh Seal is a film not about the end of time, but the silence between man and God.
Bergman's film about the actual figure of Death is one of his funniest and, ultimately, most hopeful works.
As a youth, perhaps no other film opened my eyes to the wonderful possibilities of cinema as much as The Seventh Seal.
Perhaps no one film speaks more fully to the human condition than The Seventh Seal. [Blu-ray]
The Seventh Seal is an existentialist masterpiece packed with stunning symbolism and mordant humour. It's also far more accessible that you might think. Go see it. Or else.
Bergman's superbly shot wintry images, much like those of a silent film, print themselves indelibly on the mind, while the Knight's search for a God who never answers foreshadows the pessimism of the director's later work.
Not a friendly film, but in the consciousness of suffering, the search for meaning and the acceptance of death, all (or nearly all) of Bergman is in it.
Audience Reviews for The Seventh Seal (Det Sjunde inseglet)
- The Knight Antonius Block: Is it so terribly inconceivable to comprehend God with one's senses? Why does he hide in a cloud of half-promises and unseen miracles? How can we believe in the faithful when we lack faith? What will happen to us who want to believe, but can not? What about those who neither want to nor can believe? Why can't I kill God in me? Why does He live on in me in a humiliating way - despite my wanting to evict Him from my heart? Why is He, despite all, a mocking reality I can't be rid of?
- Death: You won't get off that EASY.
- The Knight Antonius Block: I want knowledge! Not faith, not assumptions, but knowledge. I want God to stretch out His hand, uncover His face and speak to me.
- Death: But He remains silent.
- The Knight Antonius Block: I call out to Him in the darkness. But it's as if no one was there.
- The Knight Antonius Block: Perhaps there isn't anyone.
- The Girl: It is finished.
- The Knight Antonius Block: No man can live faced with death, knowing everything's nothingness.
- Jons: If everything is imperfect in this world, love is perfect in its imperfection.
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