"The Seventh Seal"
Directed by Ingmar Bergman
Perhaps Bergman's supreme
artistic achievement, The Seventh Seal is considered by many to be
one of the greatest films of all time. Ingmar and acclaimed cinematographer
Gunnar Fischer combine symbolic imagery, realistic details, and wry humor
for a mesmerizing, moving tale set in medieval Europe. Tormented by doubts,
a knight returns from the Crusades searching for God, but in confronted
instead by the black-robed figure of Death. Granted a brief reprieve by
Death, the knight walks among his countrymen one last time and witnesses the
plague's sweeping destruction and the fire of fear fanned by religious
fanatics. Portraying the cruelty, terror, charity, and lustiness that
coexisted during this dark era, a superb cast of Bergman regulars sheds
light on the sources of happiness and suffering in the modern age. Featuring
Max Von Sydow, Bibi Andersson, Gunnar Bjornstrand, and Nils Poppe. Swedish
with English subtitles. Black and white. 96 minutes.
"simply the most powerful film that explores the greatest questions in
life. the cinematography is splendid- the scene with the knight playing
chess with death"