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The Seventh Seal film screening

This meetup will be in the movie viewing room in my building. It has a large screen, nice seats, and a blu-ray player. Attendance is limited to 14.

Special rules for movie meetups:

We would like to start the movie promptly at 7:30 p.m., so please arrive a little before. No eating or drinking is allowed in the movie-viewing room.

Please update your RSVP if you can't make it. Please do not show up without having RSVP'd.

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"Disillusioned and exhausted after a decade of battling in the Crusades, a knight (Max von Sydow) 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 (Det sjunde inseglet), 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." —The Criterion Collection

 

"…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


 

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  • Giuliana L.

    August 26, 2013

    • Giuliana L.

      "Set during the Black Plague, the movie features a man playing a game of chess with the character Death, personified, who also wears a black skullcap and long black cloak.
      The film deals with issues of spirituality, God, the devil, and general mortality in a plague-ridden town. For Gaga, ARTPOP is a new chapter in her career, and she must bury and move on from many of the personas she’s created. We see her more explicitly retiring certain identities and eras later in the video, but this image of Death is symbolic throughout for her new beginning."

      August 26, 2013

    • Mark L.

      Like the video! I'm thinking that no director applies the lessons of theater to film so well as Bergman, and that might be why Lady Gaga especially appreciates him. I might recommend a Bergman bio when we get to voting for our Spring Books! http://cinephilearchi...­

      August 26, 2013

  • Mark L.

    The protagonists of the 1991 science-fiction comedy Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey return to life by defeating Death (played by William Sadler) at Battleship, Clue, electric football and Twister. After each of the first three games, Death insists that the competition be extended to a "best-of-three," "-five," and then "-seven" series, but after being swept in four games he concedes defeat.

    April 13, 2013

  • Giuliana L.

    The Seventh Seal is an important film in Bergman's oeuvre, but it's definitely not my favorite. I love the stark imagery and beautiful B&W cinematography, (Max von Sydow as a young man is striking and really looks otherworldly with his icy platinum colored hair) but the structure of the film didn't engage me. In his review, Roger Ebert said that the directness and simplicity of the film is its strength. The Guardian calls the tone of the film uncompromising and earnest; I guess it's a bit too earnest for my taste. I'm looking forward to seeing more of Bergman's more subtle and nuanced films. http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/great-movie-the-seventh-seal-1957

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2007/jul/20/worldcinema.drama1

    1 · April 12, 2013

    • Mark L.

      Two really good reviews... It is such a famous film, one almost feels like they've seen it before even if not. I was surprised at what I mis-remembered about it. Were it not for your screening, Giuliana, I might have only seen it once in my life, which would have been a great shame.

      April 13, 2013

  • Mark L.

    Whatever Bergman film I am watching, that is my favorite one!

    April 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    sorry for the late opt out. enjoy the flick!

    April 12, 2013

  • Mark L.

    I'll be having dinner at the taco place sometime between 5 and 6, depending on what train I take!

    April 12, 2013

    • Mark L.

      It is gonna be the Zepp. I will be hanging out in the back room there until a little after 7.

      April 12, 2013

    • Giuliana L.

      Don't mean to complicate things, but I just walked by Taqueria and they have a big handwritten sign in the window that they must have just put up today that says they are opening at 5:00 p.m. today! So if you decide to go you can let us know what you think!

      April 12, 2013

  • jennifer_b.

    Dear Mr. Death, but I;m sorry I can't make it for chess, as I just realized I have a prior commitment.

    1 · April 11, 2013

    • Giuliana L.

      Sorry you can't make it, we'll see you next time hopefully! :)

      April 12, 2013

  • Daniel

    Love this movie...haven't seeing it in ages

    1 · April 9, 2013

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