It's an odd coincidence - or maybe an entirely appropriate one - that I'd checked out The Seventh Seal from GreenCine a few days ago. Now that that film's legendary director Ingmar Bergman has passed away I wonder if he's playing chess with Death or if he managed to bypass that game altogether. Wherever he is, I hope he knows how much he moved filmgoers for decades, and will continue to do so for years to come.
I rented The Seventh Seal because I hadn't seen it since film school, when a combination of a bad print and a lack of sleep from studying the night before made me nod off throughout that screening. While I could see why the film was so important, I never really fully appreciated it, or saw it in its entirety. Tonight I will celebrate Ingmar by watching this one again, all the way through.
"When we experience a film, we consciously prime ourselves for illusion. Putting aside will and intellect, we make way for it in our imagination. The sequence of pictures plays directly on our feelings. Music works in the same fashion; I would say that there is no art form that has so much in common with film as music. Both affect our emotions directly, not via the intellect. And film is mainly rhythm; it is inhalation and exhalation in continuous sequence. Ever since childhood, music has been my great source of recreation and stimulation, and I often experience a film or play musically." -- Bergman in his introduction to Four Screenplays