Ingmar Bergman‘s The Seventh Seal is a film that will forever be relevant. It is a simplistic story of a man named Antonius Block, who has challenged death to a game of chess. Throughout the film he is on the search for knowledge; knowledge of whats to come after the great darkness that is death. It’s a factor of life that is inevitable, however people still tend to talk about it in whispers. That’s what makes The Seventh Seal so breathtaking, it deals with real emotions that real people deal with on a daily basis. It takes a dive into your deepest, darkest thoughts and never apologizes for it.
It’s a bold statement complimented by terrific cinematography. Nowadays visual appeal is based on special effects however in 1957 it was so much more than that. Images that stay in your mind for years to follow and symbolism that truly makes you think about life. This is how film is meant to be.
I highly recommend this film to anyone that is somewhat intelligent. It’s a truly unforgettable journey that will challenge your mind as well as your willingness to exceed the inevitable.
- The Interview | Ingmar Bergman (nytimes.com)