View "The Seventh Seal" with discussion following with Chris Panza, Drury U

This is not one of the ongoing Socrates Cafe Meetups, but I thought some of you might be interested. A few months ago some of us attended Kurosawa's Ikuru with a follow-up discussion led by Drury U philosophy prof Chris Panza. If you didn't find that film sufficiently depressing, here's your chance to see if Ingmar Bergman can do the trick!

From the Moxie website: (

SUMMARY: Endlessly imitated and parodied, Ingmar Bergman’s landmark art movie The Seventh Seal (Det Sjunde Inseglet) retains its ability to hold an audience spellbound. Bergman regular Max von Sydow stars as a 14th century knight named Antonius Block, wearily heading home after ten years’ worth of combat. Disillusioned by unending war, plague, and misery Block has concluded that God does not exist. As he trudges across the wilderness, Block is visited by Death (Bengt Ekerot), garbed in the traditional black robe. Unwilling to give up the ghost, Block challenges Death to a game of chess. If he wins, he lives — if not, he’ll allow Death to claim him. As they play, the knight and the Grim Reaper get into a spirited discussion over whether or not God exists. To recount all that happens next would diminish the impact of the film itself; we can observe that The Seventh Seal ends with one of the most indelible of all of Bergman’s cinematic images: the near-silhouette “Dance of Death.” Considered by some as the apotheosis of all Ingmar Bergman films (other likely candidates for that honor include Wild Strawberries and Persona), and certainly one of the most influential European art movies, The Seventh Seal won a multitude of awards, including the Special Jury Prize at the 1957 Cannes Film Festival. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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  • Brian K.

    Film stimulated some reflections that I haven't reviewed for a while. I didn't add anything to discussion but did have some thoughts regarding human needs and our efforts to fulfill those needs with religion and philosophy. However, was left with the impression that sometimes we overcomplicate our own analysis when reality is more direct, even if made hazy by experiences that are unexpected and confusing.

    2 · November 9, 2013

    • Jim Z.

      Much todo about nothing.

      November 9, 2013

  • Tammy W.

    I apologize. I'm not going to make it. I'm sick with a stomach bug. I look forward to the next meeting.

    November 9, 2013

  • Pam A.

    We have 14 signed up (between 2 Meetup groups invited)--Jeff and I will try to get there early to hold a block of seats. Join us for coffee (and cupcakes?) after. Mud Lounge? The Cup? Ideas?

    November 8, 2013

  • Tammy W.

    Will we be meeting up and watching together or watching on our own? Just curious

    November 8, 2013

  • Roger P.

    And this film is being shown the day the 2013 World Chess Championship between Anand (current champ from India since 2007 age 43) and Carlsen (Norway and the highest rated player in history age 22)

    November 5, 2013

  • Tammy W.

    Looking forward to it

    November 2, 2013

  • Jeff

    Great idea!

    1 · November 1, 2013

  • Jim Z.

    What a great idea, Pam. Thanks for doing this. Now I have a week to hone my chess skills.

    November 1, 2013

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