11. The Seventh Seal

I had seen this film on television once, but I was doing something else at the time and only half paying attention. And really, if you’re watching a film in Swedish, paying attention is pretty important. Fortunately I took the time to watch it again, and loved every minute. THE SEVENTH SEAL is a meditation on death and the meaning of life, appropriately set during the black plague and perfectly symbolized by the protagonist playing an extended game of chess with Death personified.  Despite the weighty subject, there are plenty of fun moments and lighthearted characters, which make this serious, artistic film also thoroughly enjoyable. Even Death, himself, has a sardonic sense of humor.

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