[Ravensfort] Very cool movie at the MFAH

HerrDetlef at aol.com HerrDetlef at aol.com
Wed Jul 4 19:47:50 PDT 2007

I LOVE THAT MOVIE!  I actually showed it to one of my writing classes  in 
tandem with "And The Band Played On", and gave them an assignment to write  about 
social effects of disease.  They were put off by subtitles  and the BW 
photography at first (so many that age lack imagination these days),  but they 
surprised me and really got into it.
If I can get down to Houston for that, I'd love to see it in that  setting!  
It will probably be the Saturday showing for me, though.
In a message dated 7/4/2007 4:13:23 P.M. Central Daylight Time,  
byzytym at charter.net writes:

For your information:
On August 18 & 19 (Sat. &  Sun.), 7 PM at The Museum of Fine Arts Houston 
there will be a showing of the  director Ingmar Bergman's movie "The Seventh 
Seal".  (Sweden, 1957, 92  min.)  Even though this showing is subtitled it is so 
worth seeing.   Watching the English version of this movie when I was very, 
very young  started my fascination with everything Medieval.
> After fighting in the  Crusades, a 14th-century knight makes his way back 
to his home country of  Sweden, which is suffering the effects of the Black 
Plague.  Along the  way, the knight meets Death and challenges the hooded figure 
to a chess game  to postpone his inevitable demise.  
Although Bergman had been directing  films for more than a decade, "The 
Seventh Seal" is the one that made him a  household name.  "What amazes me about  
this film - which has a  reputation for heavy philosophical stuff and drags a 
ton of academic baggage  around with it - is that it's so watchable, so 
accessible.  "The Seventh  Seal" is not great because it's an allegory about the 
human condition, it's  great because it's a film about life and death"  
_www.worldfilm.about.com_ (http://www.worldfilm.about.com/)   <
Perhaps we will see you  there.   
_www.mfah.org/film_ (http://www.mfah.org/film)   
"what shall it profit a man,
if he shall gain the whole  world,
and lose his own soul ?"


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