On this episode of Cinemallennials I talked with Oisín Ó Ruacháinn about Ingmar Bergman’s 1957 allegorical masterpiece, The Seventh Seal, a personal favorite of mine and is often considered to be one of the all-time greatest films ever made.
The Seventh Seal launched Bergman’s reputation as a world-class director, ushered in a new era of the American movie-going experience allowing art house and international film to become more widely exposed, it launched the career of Max Von Sydow who you know from The Exorcist, Minority Report, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Game of Thrones, and Skyrim. Finally, The Seventh Seal proved that film could be a wildly successful and popular vessel for philosophical themes like what is the meaning of life across a wide audience.
The Seventh Seal follows the story of Antonius Block, a knight that has just returned to his native Sweden after 10 years on Crusade. As he aims to leave the rocky beach he and his squire land on, he is welcomed home by Death although initially, Block says he isn’t afraid, as death’s black cloak comes closer he admits his fear and challenges Death to a game of chess in order to stay alive and perform one last meaningful deed before the end. So sit back, relax, and don’t challenge death to a board game.
You can buy The Seventh Seal here