Dont Call Checkmate Just Yet
Existential gripes are the hallmark whimsies that the late director Ingmar Bergman adored and honed to perfection. The prolific Swedish virtuoso crafted countless cinematic gems under the Janus Films distributor label, including his gold-standard of radical arthouse, a little cerebral banquet called The Seventh Seal. This ol´ chess game with Death yarn is stuffed with trippy symbolism and flush with seriocomic riffs on scripture: basically, its avant-garde filmmaking at its finest.
This ones got a woebegone knight (Max Von Sydow) and his endlessly cynical squire Jöns whove just returned from the Holy Crusades to their plague-ravaged, God-forsaken homeland. Confronted by a hooded Death, the knight bargains his life for a chess game, prolonging his own demise long enough to ponder whether God exists. And if that aint depressing enough, priests spout firebrand rhetoric about Judgment Day in the town market and hold fake crucifixions (its all so spiritually comforting). That brilliant touch comes courtesy of Bergmans shrewdness behind the camera. Pay tribute to the late visionary by catching a Seal screening this evening at 6 p.m. at Cinema Paradiso (503 SE Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale). Tickets run $5 to $8. Call 954-525-3456, or visit www.fliff.com.
Mon., Aug. 20
Get the Things to Do Newsletter
Sign up for our weekly guide to events in South Florida, and never be bored again. With suggestions for every day of the week, our recommendations will keep you busy on any budget.
More Calendar News
- Bonnet House Lecture Series
Tue., Aug. 4, 7:30pm
Wed., Aug. 5, 6:00pm
Wed., Aug. 5, 6:35pm
Wed., Aug. 5, 8:00pm
- An Evening with Paul Anka
- Broward 100 Lecture Series: The Last Train from Key West