The Seventh Seal (Sweden, 1957)

Ingmar Bergman seems to be out of fashion but he was pre-eminent in the establishment of arthouse cinema during the 1950s and helped loosen the shackles of Hollywood’s Production Code. My memory of this was of a portentous and gloomy and good film. Watching again I’m struck by the warmth and humour! Memory faulty or Bergman’s serious reputation getting in the way? It is a serious film, a medieval knight jousting with death; beautifully composed mise en scene. (DVD, 2)


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