Sunday, September 5, 2010

The Seventh Seal (1957): review- 3/10

A knight, returns to Plague-ridden Sweden with his squire, where he plays chess with Death.

Beautifully filmed but very dull: like walking in quicksand.

The reason it is boring is that the characters are merely symbolic, they seem not to have real relations with each other, so identifying with any of them is well-nigh impossible.

Moreover, the film is structured as a run of very staged theatrical set-pieces, a style of filmaking certain to induce extreme tedium.

Some of these set-pieces are supposedly humourous- but it is the sort of "humour" one gets in the theatre and which never induces any spontaneous laughter.

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