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

In the early works of Bergman, for all his existential perseverance he never seemed to be able to avoid searching for God, and his methods of filling very different from the usual frills person at the crossroads of worldviews. And the very crossroads in these familiar coordinates was used more as a beautiful image, behind the screen which hides have long chosen the road, and the dilemma appears no more than a means to teach the established views of surroundings. Therefore, for example, every Christian is to represent the Company their views, if they were expressed in the form of art, certainly as an atheist history, through mistakes and suffering misconceptions about the world who found the truth in the creator, as well as an atheist showed contradiction true loneliness in the heart necessary to who once made a mistake, and he believed in the existence of god, in his salvation and love. According to Bergman is almost the main sin in judgment about the absolute, does not allow the praise a single party, became one-sided, and although he certainly wanted to be alone, that and put, as is customary, the antithesis of God, and at the same time nihilistic proclaimed fortitude, never He left idealism and faith in the abyss of stupid mistakes, and equated them with atheism. It seemed that order and then was put absurd contradiction at which constantly reminded differences philosophies, but are stronger simultaneously tightened knot holding them together and giving embodied separately from each other, or even showing the impossibility of such an embodiment. Therefore Bergman as an artistic phenomenon, there were also atheists and believers, each of which was exactly who he is, and not a disguised opposite. Although the latest director addressed the most direct way - demonstrated their reflective crowd, torturing and praying for salvation, but the true cause of these actions, of course, was no repentance or faith
In "The Seventh Seal" such a crowd wandered along the edge of a dying world., revealing punishing themselves with whips and heavy cross on his shoulders. This Bergman openly criticized the Christian religion as offset by the fear of death and an instrument of power, his character, seeking God, and came to the crowd, to the church in the final, on the contrary, left her finally, denouncing the crusade of which has recently returned to his homeland, and ecclesiastical court, who saw the devil there, where there was a fear of an innocent man. This time period - 14th century with raging Inquisition and plague - knowingly selected as background narrative. Viewer "... print" filed when Europe shook off the ashes of war, came into light the second half of the 20th century and proclaimed nihilism its ideological guide. Death was not just an integral part of existence, it has become a pride of humanity, the incentive to life. now disappeared underworld and eternity, there was only today for the masses, and the achievement of the soul became not attempt to equalize with the absolute, and his sense of reality of the local existence, recognition of the uniqueness of the world around. This, like every ideology, gradually grew into the habit of consent, but a misunderstanding. And Bergman insisted on the complexity of the choice of nihilism, showing the death of running side by side with a man, not waiting for him somewhere ahead, showing the full brunt of a measured awareness of his own life, and, in fact, man's inability to completely give herself reality. Humanity could only praise the death is suffering, when in the depths of the subconscious leaves himself a long life, but in words teshilos death as a justification for existence. When the world is wallowing in death, and death is not a figment of the imagination, the unit just might see something in it, something so admired Europe with Bergman. Because the game of death in the film - is quite clear allegory of the game with each other and their own reluctance to accept the reality, and lose in this party - the only way to find harmony, while the prize if it was possible, was another illusion
Poe. extent of these illusions, "The Seventh seal" and divides people, starting from the crowds, where some shout about the greatness of god, and the other about its falsity, and ending with a major duet - knight (von Sydow) and his squire (Bornstrand), between which, in spite of the what one does not want to recognize one ochestvo and the other lives with the certainty of it, there is no dispute and barricades. From the loud crowd, hiding for fear of the opinion, the film, through the faith of the protagonists and their opponents, rises to the real people, the distinction between the leadership and judgment which inexpressibly thin.
Subsequently Bergman will continue this line in the "Lord's Supper" in order to once again lead faith to loneliness, though boldly hypertrophied even Jesus views, making his lonely before his death, making it without god and the father, or god turning into a monster. And Jesus' belief in a nonexistent was a major challenge, the awareness of injustice made him lonely, gave him what he was so scared - the divine silence, and this has made a god
In films Bergman constant looks sad faces past the camera, misunderstanding its purpose when. even love is only a memory that does not require regeneration, no moralizing conclusions that in Christian works also did not appear the answers, but only references to Christianity itself, and atheism nothing but a struggle between religions can bordering on fear reprehensible, but very accurately reflect the inner world of man, not to gain strength for the absolute reality, but at least managed to throw off the load of stereotypes.
I remember how it used to when I was a kid and pulled out of the closet toys. This feeling I sometimes feel now. Only now, for unknown reasons, I still have to pay money for it, and a lot of people treat me with respect and do what I tell them. All this greatly surprises me at times. IB

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