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Book Title: The Seventh Seal|
The author of the book: Melvyn Bragg
Edition: British Film Institute
Date of issue: September 1st 1993
ISBN 13: 9780851703916
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The Seventh Seal is probably the best-known work of one of the world's great filmmakers, the one which most clearly bears Bergman's unmistakable signature. The opening scene sets the tone: a stoney beach under a leaden sky, the knight alone with his thoughts, then the approach of black-clad Death, whom the knight invites to play a game of chess. Bergman's medieval allegory of faith and doubt is dark with the horrors of witch-burning and the plague. But it is also shot through with bright flashes of peace and joy, symbolized in the milk and strawberries offered to the knight by an innocent family of actors.
In a finely written appreciation, Melvyn Bragg describes his own first encounter as a student with this extraordinary film, and how it revealed to him another cinema, quite different from the Hollywood with which he had grown up. He also recounts his later meeting with Bergman, and how the marks of his powerful personality are everywhere in this troubling but inspiring masterpiece.
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Read information about the authorMelvyn Bragg, Baron Bragg, FRSL, FRTS (born 6 October 1939) is an English author, broadcaster and media personality who, aside from his many literary endeavours, is perhaps most recognised for his work on The South Bank Show.
Bragg is a prolific novelist and writer of non-fiction, and has written a number of television and film screenplays. Some of his early television work was in collaboration with Ken Russell, for whom he wrote the biographical dramas The Debussy Film (1965) and Isadora Duncan, the Biggest Dancer in the World (1967), as well as Russell's film about Tchaikovsky, The Music Lovers (1970). He is president of the National Academy of Writing. His 2008 novel, Remember Me is a largely autobiographical story.
He is also a Vice President of the Friends of the British Library, a charity set up to provide funding support to the British Library.
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