Friday, April 8, 2011

#321: The Seventh Seal

1957, TSPDT Rank #53

This movie is frequently named one of the greatest ever made and that way of thinking is most definitely accurate. The Seventh Seal is an essential milestone in cinema history, completely changing how films were made and how people saw them. However, this film should be neither underestimated or feared. It is very accessible and enjoyable, surprisingly so, considering: 1) It takes place in medieval Sweden while the Black Death is sweeping the country, 2) Death is a major character in the story, 3) It is directed by Ingmar Bergman, known for solemn, austere films. And while The Seventh Seal has its solemn, austere moments, Bergman does an incredible job of keeping the balance between the horrific state of the world at the time, reflection on life, death, and the meaning of it all, along with earthy humor and vivid, real characters. Also, the cinematography brings us some of the most beautiful, haunting images seen to man. Quite simply stated, this is a very complex film underneath the surface, but even for casual viewers, it remains a supreme work of entertainment and art.

(Rating: 10/10)

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