Tuesday, March 26, 2013

316. Det Sjunde Inseglet

Det Sjunde Inseglet
The Seventh Seal
Directed by Ingmar Bergman

Groan, Ingmar Bergman.  He is to elitists what Carrot Top is to douchebags.  Oddly enough, though, I had already seen this movie, despite my disliking for him.

A man plays chess with Death in order to get his life back.  This is a concept that has been done to death since; hell, even the Sims has made this a feature to save yourself from the Grim Reaper.  Not that I play Sims, I am way to old for that.  Ahem.  Moving on.

Other stuff happens, of course, but this is the iconic image that has allowed the film to endure so long.  I am boring myself by saying this about another Bergman film but really, these movies are painful to sit through.  Nothing ever really happens, which I could forgive if the dialogue was half good; unfortunately, it isn't.  I know a lot of film buffs will disagree with me, but some films I am just not going to like.  Unfortunately for me, and I guess the reader, there are around fifteen Bergman films on the list.

RATING: **---

Interesting Facts:

Bergman said he was inspired by Kursosawa.  NO!  You do not get to say that!

One of Bergman's favorite films.


  1. Okay, I do agree with you here. I did not like this one. I think I like Bergmar when it's just about people and their relationships and just happens to have greater meeting. Not when he takes on a concept from the start and symbols and blah blah blah. That's when it can get a little pretentious.

    1. I will take whatever Bergman hate I can get!

  2. I liked this one quite well. In fact, I am still waiting for that horrible, pretentious Bergman experience I have been dreading since I started this mission. I am sorry you did not like it, Swedish movies, I guess, is an acquired taste.

  3. I'm somewhat surprised I've not been to this page before... I guess I may have been avoiding what you may have felt was me just repeating the 'Sorry you don't like Bergman' refrain.
    OK, I do like this one, but even I will admit it is not a fun movie to watch...
    Like Rachel, I prefer the relationship Bergmans (So is the plural Bergmens??), but a good bit of 'fate of man and God' agonising is needed now and then. Even if we have already decided what the answer is.

  4. I think I did like Fanny and Alexander...and maybe another one? Now I can't remember.