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Thursday Movie Classics: The Seventh Seal

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This week's edition of Thursday Movie Classics brings us The Seventh Seal. Taking place in the auditorium of the Main branch on November 30th at 6:30PM, we hope you join us for this classic Swedish film and participate in our discussion afterwards.

Released in 1957. The Seventh Seal is one of director Ingmar Bergman's most famous films. The story of the film centers around a knight and his journeys with his squire throughout Sweden, that is being ravaged by the Black Death. The knight is being pursued by Death (personified as a pale-faced man in black robes). whom the knight challenges to a game of chess in order to delay his death. The story continues as the knight and his squire meet a number of other characters along the way, while all along the knight is trying to find meaning to his life and push back his confrontation with Death.

Ingmar Bergman enlists Max Von Sidow to play the knight. This would be the first time they worked together on a feature film, but it certainly wasn't the last as they built a strong working relationship not unlike that of Akira Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune or Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro. At 96 minutes, the film is packed with moody and expressionist cinematography that serves as an allegory for the themes of life and death.

Note: The film contains mature subject matter and is intended for an older audience.


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