The Seventh Seal

The Seventh Seal ★★★★

DirkH referenced The Canterbury Tales in his review, and I can't think of a more apt comparison. Like The Canterbury Tales, The Seventh Seal isn't so much a single story as a collection mixing high and low, from a knight, to a priest, to the knight's squire, to a smith, to troubadours. The center of these, the knight who plays chess with Death, is as blown out of proportion as the "key scenes" in Eyes Wide Shut or It's A Wonderful Life.

Very beautiful, and even-handed enough to be one of my favorite medieval films. Its allegorical elements and powerful control of tone lead me to respect this film. On this first viewing, it left me a little cold, but that might change over time and as I read more about the film.