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The Seventh Seal (1957)

Episode #20

Janus Films released The Seventh Seal on February 16, 1957. Ingmar Bergman directed the film starring Max von Sydow, Gunnar Björnstrand, and Bengt Ekerot.

‘The Seventh Seal’ Criterion Summary

The Seventh Seal (1957)Returning exhausted from the Crusades to find medieval Sweden gripped by the Plague, a knight (Max von Sydow) suddenly comes face-to-face with the hooded figure of Death, and challenges him to a game of chess. As the fateful game progresses, and the knight and his squire encounter a gallery of outcasts from a society in despair, Bergman mounts a profound inquiry into the nature of faith and the torment of mortality. One of the most influential films of its time, The Seventh Seal is a stunning allegory of man’s search for meaning and a work of stark visual poetry.

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Janus Films released The Seventh Seal on February 16, 1957. Ingmar Bergman directed the film starring Max von Sydow, Gunnar Björnstrand, and Bengt Ekerot.

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  1. Where can I see Shane’s top 10 of the decade? Surprised you all didn’t have a podcast. Patrick, you should check out Army of Shadows sometime, it’s great. Pretty sure Shane has picked Subway as a film that should be criterion before. Guess it’s hard to come up with a new film everytime you do the podcast. Pelle the conqueror is streaming on kanopy btw.

    1. I know Shane tweeted the list. I don’t know if he published them on a website. I didn’t add them on here unfortunately after he sent them to me. This is his list.

      The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014
      Mother 2017
      Frances Ha 2012
      Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance 2014
      American Hustle 2013
      Tangerine 2015
      Black Swan 2010
      The Counselor (Ridley Cut) 2013
      Melancholia 2011
      Blue is the Warmest Color (La Vie d’Adele) 2013

  2. Thanks. Here are mine(in no order)

    Starlet(from director of Tangerine)
    Under the Skin
    Roma
    Arrival
    The Lobster
    Nightcrawler
    Son of Saul
    Ex Machina
    Birdman
    Leave No Trace

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