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

Remember, unhappy: your life hangs in the balance, your days are numbered
About "The Seventh Seal" I learned a long time and wanted to see, but it does not reach the hands - though, to be honest, no. very much and wanted to, because I always thought of himself as a man of highbrow art-house the most distant and feared that the film did not understand, and all that it will mean for me to equate to one and a half hours of wasted time. It would have not looked, perhaps, if the recent "Hard to Be God", to which I, naive, walked as a screen version of a good, but not philosophical works, not again made me think about the same "Seventh Seal" and not wake in me a kind of purely sporting interest - wondered whether the creation of similar Bergman on the creation of Hermann, after all, one and the other, in fact, the author's cinema in the entourage of the dark Ages, stupid spectator eludes me, and therefore potentially uninteresting
Rights. I was only half "Seventh Single print "- it is really the author's philosophical film, but with the" Chronicle arkanarskoy massacre "it has as much to do as Layer Cake" Napoleon "with the French emperor
brief history for those who are not too familiar with it:. the court about XIV century, a century that, in that and there is an action movie, was a period of fairly dark and not comfortable to live in, because of the infamous "black death", around which revolve the events of the film and that in due time devoured almost half Europe's population after mended catastrophic ideological crisis of society - seeing death mows indiscriminately and vagrants, and kings, and the Holy Fathers, people lost faith in the truth of that absorbed from an early age with semolina and for the first time since antiquity wondered about the existence of God and about that so if he is just as solid Pope for strong walls of the Vatican.
moral collapse occurred and the knight Antonius Block, played by still quite young Max von Sydow and who lost in an abstract crusade meanly but a religious man, returned from his broken and has in no way assured, withdrew from the world of people, has become a stranger to him, and is now home to a prisoner of their own fantasies. He'd be happy to die, but in the end want to know there is a God or not, that is, find out if his life was filled with meaning, or he just went after false ideals, and if the latter is true -. To make at least one decent act
to find out, the knight chooses, as it seems at first, the best consultants on religion - of Death, the gloomy image of which is to obscure the splendor terribly transferred actor Bengt Ekeroth (someday I will break the language in Scandinavian names). It turns out everything as a matter of - Death comes for Antonius, but those wanting to get a reprieve, that grim reaper, as we know, does not, the latter offers a game of chess, where the stakes - life knight. And Death agrees, why not? This terrible party, as you might guess, is one of the pillars on which rests the film, but whenever the players manage to sit down at the chessboard, they did not see out the game - Block stalling for time because he knows that to win he can not afford
the second pillar - the family of wandering artists, who are destined to die in the devouring plague the world, but seemed not to notice it and, perhaps, are the few of the characters in the film, which are still able to build any plans for the future. Block, infected by a pair of bright optimism and invites them to go with him through the woods and stay at his castle, he does not realize that the signs they thus death sentence - in fact the one who once caught the eye of Death, with which the knight leads his fateful party, will not be able to escape from him. So, Antonius finally understand why he needed a respite - the rest of his life he decides to devote rescue the family of artists. And the meaning of the film, in my opinion, it is in this, in a gratuitous self-sacrifice for the sake of the happiness of others, rather than into a lengthy discourse about God and the devil, who constantly leads the knight, and in processions lepers, as if descended from Bruegel's paintings in his nightmarish reliability doing what is not possible to make the creators of "Hard to be god" during a three-hour time-keeping, that is causing some unconscious-subconscious feeling of fear.
film, which is typical, quite good, despite the abstraction of the temporary intermediate minute, with the historically-reconstructive point of view: thanks to the work of the director, make-up artists and costume designer dirty oppressive medieval atmosphere manages to convey even without the help of smeared in shit and guts naked extras
film, so I recommend to view. both lovers of art film festival, as it is a very fertile ground for reflection on the moral, ethical and religious themes, and fans of something simpler, because "The Seventh seal" - itself dos project tatochno interesting and entertaining.
Not rated, but clearly in the "favorite".

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