"The Seventh Seal (1957)" Movie Review Essay & Film Analysis

The main theme: the fear of death, the meaning of life, faith and unbelief
The implication - midlife crisis:. In the spring of 1957 38-year-old Ingmar Bergman put in hospital - and gastritis general fatigue. The third (!) The marriage was crumbling, communication with Bibi Andersson came up to the finale, an attempt to reconcile with his mother failed + enormous stress early 1950s, when the Swedish film industry has been frozen and Bergman to feed three families had to shoot a commercial.
If such Bergman's work like cries and Whispers is a complex web of interlocking set of explicit and implicit strands, the seventh seal - roughly - can be reduced to three scenes:
well. Confession Death Knight,
b. clergy procession with cross and a witch,
in. . Dialogue knights and squires during the burning of witches
However, they should be reversed for clarity:
1. Carrying the Cross
This scene unfolds the original promise of the picture: the removal of the seventh seal with the book of life opens the Day of Judgment (Revelation 8: 1). Procession of monks, respectively, sang hymns Day of Wrath (Dies irae): 'Day of Wrath! This day is squandered universe of ashes as David and the Sibyl prophesied! What a thrill cover all things, when the judge will come to seek the fullest extent of
about it and pondering Bergman: that he himself had made to 38 years if he had lived, and so correctly (Bergman these motifs in the same year will develop - from a different angle - in a strawberry field). Hardly, he wondered what to answer to God on the Day of Judgment, their judge, he was soon himself. But thinking about his own existence, he seems to have tried to understand and to those glances that - independently of his will - deeply rooted in his mind. On the religious beliefs that are instilled in him by his father - a royal chaplain. Although Bergman himself said that he had lost faith in the 8 years, it is hardly so simple.
1. Confessions of a Death
- I want to confess and to remove the burden from the soul, but in my heart void
Void -. It is a mirror in which I see your face. I look at him and feel fear and disgust. My indifference to the people made me withdraw into myself. I live in a shadowy world, a prisoner of his dreams and fantasies
-. And still you do not want to die
- No, I want to
- Then what are you waiting
-? I want to gain knowledge.
- You just need guarantees
-. Call it what you want
-. is it not possible to know God his own mind? Why is he hiding behind unsaid promises and miracles, which no one has ever seen? Why should we believe the believers when we are not able to believe themselves? What will happen to those of us who want to believe but can not, and that those who can not and will not believe? Why am I not able to see God in yourself? Why he continues to live in me, inflicting pain and humiliation? I curse him and want to tear out his heart, but I can not get rid of it! And it remains true, even through false. Can you hear me
-? Yes, I hear
-. I want to gain knowledge. I do not need faith or speculation. I need the knowledge, let God stretch out my hand, open your face, speak to me. But he was silent. I appeal to him in the darkness - sometimes it seems to me that there's nobody there
-. Maybe there really no one
-. Then life becomes a meaningless nightmare. How can a person live with an awareness of the finiteness of his existence and nullity of all things? Most people simply do not think about death and the worthlessness of existence, but the day will come, and they will be on the verge of life and death
- Yes, the day will come
- I'm all clear.. We need to create a cult of his fear and call him God
-. And you is not easy
-. This morning me death came, we started a game of chess. This postponement will help me make a very important deal
- What a
- My whole life was a search, devoid of purpose:.? Fun, war, useless talk - this was not and there is no point. I say this without bitterness or self-condemnation. I know all the same thing happens. But I want to use this to me a reprieve. I want to make at least one meaningful action.
3. Dialogue knights and squires is developing this theme and concludes:
- What is she now sees? Somebody tell me
-? She has not hurt
-. You have not answered my question. Who will take care of her, angels, God, Satan, or may void? .! There's only emptiness ahead, Mr.
- No, not true
- Look into her eyes at the last moment her life opened the terrible truth - she sees the infinite void beneath the moon
- No
-.! we can not nothing to help her, but we see the same thing she did. And experiencing the exact same fear
And with this -. A rustic actor with his family, far from thinking about higher matters. Death for him - not the enemy in the game, and not a reason to reflect on itself, death for him - only mediocre, the cause of fear. And this family of actors Bergman brings positive characters - obviously, he envied them: overwhelmed with doubts, he probably would like the same emotional simplicity and peace. The actor is happy just happiness: he says what he thinks, even for this he gets, he is raising a son with him a loving wife and family in front of the disclosed future
'Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven ... Blessed. the pure in heart, for they shall see God. (Matthew 5: 1,6)
would seem that other farmers are poor in spirit, but they are obsessed with their passions: the blacksmith's jealous, his wife is cheating on him with the actor, squire as highbrow as his overlord, and they Gone Girl strangely silent. All of them would lead the Black Death. Only a simple-hearted actor will flee from her
And Knight makes his 'one-of-life meaningful act' -. Distracting Death, giving the actor an opportunity to escape
The second theme -. The relationship between man and woman, but rather a model of male behavior with a woman. Bergman obviously very badly perceived this topic and a lot of thinking over it.
The visual symbols. First, the Black Death, raging on the coast, is derived protagonist.
Secondly, of course, Dance of death - dance of leaving this world, led by death. This dance began to portray in the Middle Ages, then adding a few extra allegories, including the death of a musician, makes everyone dance to their tune, and a player who can not be won.

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