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ERIC Number: ED040171
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969
Pages: 7
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"The Seventh Seal."
Palmer, Peter M.
English Exchange, v11 n3 p2-8 Apr 1969
The significance of Bergman's "Seventh Seal" lies not in the speeches nor in the actions of the central characters but rather in the film's form, its totality created by the emotive elements of imagery and sound together with the intellectual elements of actions and words. The scene-units are related to a central motif (the opening of the seventh seal in the "Book of Revelations") and they trace the reactions of the characters to this sentence of death. Each character, directly or indirectly, searches for meaning within the perspective of a meaningless universe ravaged by the plague; e.g., the Knight, unable to find values in the Crusades, attempts to find significance in the game of chess with Death. The voices of the flagellants, the hedonists, the cynics, the pathetic, and most of the main characters are all drawn together in the knight's deserted castle, and their lives are closed by the girl's final, "It is finished." Only Joseph, Mia, and their son Michael pass through the storm to meet a new bright dawn. (LH)
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Authoring Institution: Ontario Council of Teachers of English, Toronto (Ontario).