'The Seventh Seal' is the best film of all time

BlueTsunami

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I realize this is as if professing coca-cola is the best soda. There's nothing new or exciting in this declaration. Critics have professed it already, as have everybody else. Yet I just watched it a second time and it hit so much harder than it did the first time around. Everything, and I mean everything about this film is perfect. From the dialogue, cinematography scenario, and the arc. I adore it. It is poetry and I wished modern films directly drew from it.
 
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she_esh

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Seventh Seal, Persona, Fanny and Alexander, Wild Strawberries, The Virgin Spring, The Silence, Through a Glass Darkly. Most directors would kill to have at lease one movie this good.

And I haven't even seen Cries and Whispers, Scenes From a Marriage, Autumn Sonata, Shame, Hour of the Wolf or Winter Light yet. What a director.
 
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BlueTsunami

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Honestly I found the levity in this film a wonderful and curious aspect that elevated it. It could have been straight up dour, an historical study, but it felt like it was a true stream of consciousness versus holding true to a singular vision of stringent historical accuracy.
 

Andrin

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Nov 11, 2017
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I expected something heavy and ponderous but honestly was taken aback by how humorous and entertaining it was.
It has one of my favourite puns in any form of media.
In one scene a jester attempts to escape Death by climbing a tree. Death then calmly proceeds to cut down said tree with a saw, as a means of causing the jester to fall to his death. The jester tries to bargain with Death, claiming that he can't die right now as he's on his way to a performance. Death mentions that it has been cancelled. When the jester asks why the reply is "På grund av dödsfall." ("because of a death"), said in an almost jovial manner.
Dödsfall as I mentioned above means 'a death', but it can also be literally translated into 'a deadly fall'.
 

she_esh

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It has one of my favourite puns in any form of media.
In one scene a jester attempts to escape Death by climbing a tree. Death then calmly proceeds to cut down said tree with a saw, as a means of causing the jester to fall to his death. The jester tries to bargain with Death, claiming that he can't die right now as he's on his way to a performance. Death mentions that it has been cancelled. When the jester asks why the reply is "På grund av dödsfall." ("because of a death"), said in an almost jovial manner.
Dödsfall as I mentioned above means 'a death', but it can also be literally translated into 'a deadly fall'.
Haha that's great!
 

cosmicspooks

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Oct 29, 2017
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I mean, the people saying Persona is better are right, but also kind of wrong because Fanny and Alexander is Bergman's best, no question.

Though they're all about as good as it gets, really
 

Iggy

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Oct 27, 2017
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I can think of at least 5 movies by Bergman that are superior. Persona is without equal at the very top of his career (and of the whole artform), but I also like the Strawberries and Fanny and Alexandre better. Scenes from a Marriage is fantastic. It's also amazing that his last movie, Saraband, filmed when he was over 80 years old, is among his very best.
Maybe I just really don't like the 7th Seal.
 

Concelhaut

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I couldn’t get into Fanny or Persona.
I’m also struggling with Tarkovsky’s Mirror because Russian sounds ugly to me, his dad’s poetry especially.

Seventh seal just clicked with me.
 

BennyWhatever

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Oct 27, 2017
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I thought OP was talking about The Seventh Sign at first. That was a cool movie I saw as a kid but I don't think it had the following if Seventh Seal.
 

Sulik2

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Oct 27, 2017
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Maybe I'll watch it. But I'm generally of the opinion that most older films are garbage because they hadn't figured out pacing yet.
 

bionic77

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Oct 25, 2017
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Nothing can top 2001.

Even if you make a better movie 2001 has been the GOAT for so long that you can’t outdo it’s reputation.