|Fig 1 - The Seventh Seal Poster|
Rather than a stick with which to beat the audience, the religious tone of the film feels more like a comment on the instillation of God as an elaborate fear-tactic, during a time in which rampant disease threatened the very foundations of society. With this, it is perhaps one of Bergman's more approachable features (of which I have only seen three), as the narrative follows characters in a way that is somewhat more concise and linear than the director is known for. The dialogue flows organically for the most part, even with interludes written for outright comedic effect, such as Jöns' 'banterful' mimicking of women with a blacksmith. However, the overall tone of the film is a melancholic one. It's central characters appear to struggle with their own morality in their uncertainty of faith and neglect of death, making The Seventh Seal a highly interpretive study of the human condition in our attempts to understand and control it.
|Fig 2 - The Seventh Seal - Death and Antonius|
On the whole, I still regard Wild Strawberries (1957) to be my favourite of Bergman's works, which is widely comparable to this film in terms of it's existentialism and themes of redemption. However, The Seventh Seal has clearly had a notable influence on popular culture and stands up today as an ongoing examination of our collective doubt in a higher power, and ultimately the acceptance of death.
Fig. 1 The Seventh Seal Poster (1957) From: The Seventh Seal - Directed by: Ingmar Bergman
Fig. 2 The Seventh Seal Screenshot (1957) From: The Seventh Seal - Directed by: Ingmar Bergman