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The Seventh Seal (1957)

By Criteria: The Catholic Film Podcast ( bio - articles - email ) | Nov 29, 2021 | In Criteria: The Catholic Film Podcast

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A knight returning home from the Crusades gets into a chess match with Death. Ingmar Bergman’s most famous film, The Seventh Seal, is a searing meditation on death, faith, and the silence of God. But it’s far more colorful and entertaining than you might expect from that description.

James and Thomas are joined by Irish journalist Ruadhan Jones as they try to figure out whether The Seventh Seal is basically nihilistic, and why it might have been included on the Vatican film list under the category of “Values”. Ruadhan offers some thoughts on the Marian dimension he believes is missing from Bergman’s approach to faith.

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Ruadhan Jones https://twitter.com/ruadhanj

The Catholic Index https://thecatholicindex.wordpress.com/home/

Music is The Duskwhales, “Take It Back”, used with permission. https://theduskwhales.bandcamp.com/

Criteria is hosted by Thomas V. Mirus and James T. Majewski.

Thomas is a pianist living in New York City. He is Director of Podcasts for CatholicCulture.org and hosts the Catholic Culture Podcast. See full bio.

James is the Director of Customer Relations for CatholicCulture.org. A stage, film, and voice actor based in New York City, he is the host and narrator for Catholic Culture Audiobooks. See full bio.

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