December 20: Det sjunde inseglet

Thursday, December 20 | 8PM Det sjunde inseglet aka The Seventh Seal Sweden 1957 d. Ingmar Bergman with Gunnar Björnstrand, Bengt Ekerot, Nils Poppe, Max von Sydow, Bibi Andersson, Inga Landgré and Åke Fridell. In Swedish with English subtitles. Black and white.  96 m

“Long considered one of the masterpieces of cinema, it is now a little embarrassing to some viewers, with its stark imagery and its uncompromising subject, which is no less than the absence of God. Films are no longer concerned with the silence of God but with the chattering of men. We are uneasy to find Bergman asking existential questions in an age of irony, and Bergman himself, starting with Persona, found more subtle ways to ask the same questions. But the directness of The Seventh Seal is its strength: This is an uncompromising film, regarding good and evil with the same simplicity and faith as its hero.”  Roger Ebert

Links:  IMDB  Wikipedia  Bergman Foundation

See Also:  Häxan aka The Witches (Christensen, 1922), Körkarlen aka The Phantom Carriage (Sjöström, 1921), Le notti di Cabiria aka Nights of Cabiria (Fellini, 1957)