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also known as Det sjunde inseglet

The Seventh Seal1957

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  • 4.5
Disillusioned and exhausted after a decade of battling in the Crusades, a knight encounters Death on a desolate beach and challenges him to a fateful game of chess. Much studied, imitated, even parodied, but never outdone, Bergman's stunning allegory of man’s search for meaning, THE SEVENTH SEAL, was one of the benchmark foreign imports of America's 1950s art-house heyday, pushing cinema's boundaries and ushering in a new era of moviegoing.

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Aesthetically beautiful in the way black and white filming should be handled, beautifully portrayed in content and style - allowing one to follow the two story lines easily due to the skillful imagery and artistically arranged scenes. An outstanding cast under the magical and masterly touch of Bergman. I've been wanting to see this film for a long time and appreciate Fandor making it possible. Just hope you can show all of Bergman's films. Regret it being shown for such a short time.

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Aesthetically beautiful in the way black and white filming should be handled, beautifully portrayed in content and style - allowing one to follow the two story lines easily due to the skillful imagery and artistically arranged scenes. An outstanding cast under the magical and masterly touch of Bergman. I've been wanting to see this film for a long time and appreciate Fandor making it possible. Just hope you can show all of Bergman's films. Regret it being shown for such a short time.

1 member likes this review
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This is still one of the best movies ever made. As time passes since it was created, the only problem is the then youth of the now elderly actors on the screen. This is an epic movie with no special effects, and none needed. As a picturesque movie (travels with linked and unlinked scenes) we journey into death, which is shown as a form of madness and chaos. The contrasts between good and evil are astounding, and neither is shown as particularly well thought out or organized. Both participate in the chaos of the times, but the good (barely) manages to remain good, and the bad swings out of control. Both revolve around the figure of death: solid, static, stoic and unchanging. The more visible past helps see the present.

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I don't give five stars too often, but this timeless film is perfection personified and demands your attention. Not one wasted second, and every image and moment superbly conceived and executed. Entertaining AND thought-provoking, with elements of pathos, humor, tragedy, and hope, yet a revelatory experience upon each successive viewing. Quite simply, a masterpiece and sublime viewing experience, like many of Bergman's other films such as "Wild Strawberries," "Persona," "Shame," "Fanny and Alexander," and "Through a Glass Darkly".

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religion is born from fear_it's sad that it's still with us. this is a wonderful beautiful film a total gem_the cast is wonderful as is the staging & the cinematography_still powerful

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Definitely one of Bergmans better films. Other reviewers can expound on what is going on.

Wow. I’m... I’m speechless right now. I’ve been meaning to watch this for quite some time, and I’m happy to have done so. All the subtle and and not-so-subtle meanings given are marvelous. This is truly a masterpiece of all-time cinema.

Great movie!