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Wednesday, 1 April 2015

The Seventh Seal (1957)

The emphasis on the big question raised and repeated throughout the film has become the focus of many studies, and while it’s a focus that’s justified I do wonder if it was really so unusual, even by 1957 standards? Either way, it was certainly more overt and daring than what had come before.
The parts that are good are really good; so much so that the light-hearted moments seem silly and over-long in comparison. What elevates it to classic status in my estimation is the exceptional cinematography, precise editing, iconic scenes between the knight and the personification of Death, and the excellent characterisation of Jöns the squire.

4 concealments out of 5

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