The Seventh Seal – Criterion Collection I would have hated to have to review this when I was a proper film critic. I don’t know enough about Bergman himself and I only have a basic sense of the state of European cinema at the time, so I’d be at a big disadvantage right out of the gate. This would be one of those films I’d actually have to work to review. Hand me something from Japan or Hong Kong or the US from pretty much any time period and I’d be able to peg the thing into the right slots, work up some context and just go. This? I’d be stammering out of the gate.
I will say one thing. I really liked this film. Intellectually it is what it is, but I honestly enjoyed this film. It’s a joy to look at (especially the new Criterion print,) well acted and full of fascinating moments. There’s the breadth of the human experience sprinkled throughout this film and every moment is an engrossing one.
If you haven’t seen it, you really should.