BONNIE Ain't you ashamed? Tryin' to steal an old lady's automobile. CLYDE I been thinkin' about buyin' me one. BONNIE Bull. You ain't got money for dinner, let alone buy no car. CLYDE Now I got enough money for cokes, and since it don't look like you're gonna invite me inside-- BONNIE You'd steal the dining room table if I did. CLYDE Come to town with me, then. How'd that be? BONNIE Goin' to work anyway.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Last night I saw The Seventh Seal by Ingmar Bergman. It's a film about a Swedish (it's in Swedish) knight returning from the crusades in the midst of the Black Death. He challenges Death to a game of chess, so he can put off dying until he sees his wife again. The film had been lurking about in my mental list of films I want to see. So when we went to Alice's this weekend, I headed straight for it, so as not to be distracted by another film that could jump out at me during the long journey and the battle of will power to get to the 100 Greatest Films on the far wall. I picked up the Dvd and flipped it over in my hand. It said on the back that it was only an hour and a half long, which laid all my fears of a big boring epic movie to rest. It would've been easier to pick up a nice, slick, colour, English language, slightly arty new release, but I persevered and reaped its benefits. The film was aesthetically beautiful, thought-provoking, and nonetheless entertaining. Also, being a revered film, having seen it opens up possibilities of intellectual discussion should I ever meet someone who has seen it. Despite being a very serious film, I laughed as much as I would have laughed at any Ben Stiller film, because the Swedish language often sounds like when you play English backwards.


Siobhan said...

I really really need to get around to going to Alice's. My Dad has told me to go there for years.

Gentle Annie said...

It hasn't got everything, but most things. It takes more effort to sign up, though. And they're $5 a week and more for new ones. But it is good.
It doesn't have everything.

Dein Koenig said...

real cool movie