The Greatest Film I’ve Never Seen Blogathon – The Seventh Seal (1957)


This is my second of three reviews for the The Greatest Film I’ve Never Seen Blogathon being run by Debbie over at Moon in Gemini.

Tnx for letting me take part!

“Is it so terribly inconceivable to comprehend God with one’s senses? Why does he hide in a cloud of half-promises and unseen miracles? How can we believe in the faithful when we lack faith? What will happen to us who want to believe, but can not? What about those who neither want to nor can believe? Why can’t I kill God in me? Why does He live on in me in a humiliating way – despite my wanting to evict Him from my heart? Why is He, despite all, a mocking reality I can’t be rid of? ‘ – Antonius Block

Number of Times Seen – 1 (14 Nov 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A knight on his way home following the Crusades encounters Death and challenges him to a game of chess where if he wins, his life will be spared.

My Take on it – This is a great choice for a theme of a blogathon for mos people, but as many of you already know, I’ve seen so many movies over my life that it’s was quite difficult trying to actually find three great films that I had never seen before.

My original three choices were somewhat lackluster and even Debbie (the organizer of this blogathon) wasn’t that enthusiastic about my picks.

At first, I wasn’t sure what to make of that fact, but eventually made the decision to scour the IMDB top 250 and try and find 3 titles that I’ve never seen before and use them as my choices.

Thankfully, this idea worked quite well and I was able to feel confident that my 3 choices were indeed Great films that I’ve never seen.

My second choice is one of the most iconic films about death but due to the fact that it’s in Swedish, my aversion to foreign films always kept me away, but I know that it fits perfectly into the theme of this blogathon, so I took the chance on it.

This is truly a film worthy of its iconic standing.

The imagery is amazing to look at and much of it has been copies quite often in the 60+ years since this film came out.

The story itself is done really well especially since they are able to give us various characters with different kinds of problems that are all very timeless problems which help anyone relate to these kind of ideas and feelings.

This film mostly tho deals with the issue of faith and it is quite clear that this is considered a religious film even if t never is stated outright.

This film is all about faith in Heaven that we will each choose the right path in everything that we do in life with the hope that we have chosen correctly for both ourselves and those around us.

This film uses a great analogy for life with the idea of chess and this has been used and reused so often over the years since both chess and life are filled with many complexities that may be seen as more difficult when looking ahead, but once a move has been made, other opportunities avail themselves.

I can’t believe it has really taken me so long to finally see this film.

Tnx for the push to do so Deb!

Bottom Line – Such an iconic film with great imagery throughout that it has been copied so often.  The story itself is done really well because it allows us to see various characters with different kinds of problems that can be seen as being quite timeless. The issue of faith is discussed quite often and even if it doesn’t necessarily seem so from the start, this film is all about faith in Heaven in the path we choose in hope that we are doing things the right way for ourselves and for society. Love the analogy of chess for life because of the complexities of the game and of life itself. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Ingmar Bergman credited the film with helping him overcome his crippling fear of death. Because the film dealt so overtly with the subject, he found it a highly cathartic experience. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)

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6 thoughts on “The Greatest Film I’ve Never Seen Blogathon – The Seventh Seal (1957)

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  3. This is a ‘greatest film I’ve never seen’ and certainly one for the list. As you point out, the imagery is iconic and having seen stills in film books, the film has always interested me. Will be viewing it soon for sure! Thanks for the review!

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  4. I took a class in film school devoted solely to Bergman’s films. I ended up not caring for his work overall, but agree that this one is iconic and remarkable.

    Thanks so much for bringing it to the blogathon!

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