The inaugural film screening for the Pacific Film Archive is Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal.
“It may be folly to think that life and thus death could hold any secrets. With The Seventh Seal Bergman spoke to this modern query in a medieval setting rendered at once awesome and intimate in chiaroscuro. A knight, Antonius Block (Max von Sydow), and his squire Jöns return disillusioned from the Crusades to the hysteria of plague-infested fourteenth-century Sweden. On the shore Block encounters Death and challenges him to a game of chess, playing for time to perform one significant act in life. What is timeless about this existential passion play is the humanity of its characters, who seem to shun allegory like a kind of narrative death: Block, whom the Crusades took away from the real—the only proof of God—to the torment of the abstract; Jöns, cynical sensualist who articulates the void; Death himself, a picture of inconclusiveness; and the dreamer Jof and his wife, actors traveling into light.” – Judy Bloch
The film will be presented in a new 35mm print, with introductions by Barbro Osher, Honorary Consul General of Sweden in California, and Professor Linda Rugg, Department of Scandinavian.
Tickets on sale January 15, 2016.
For more information, visit the BAM/PFA website here.