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Sign up for membership to become a founding member and help shape HuffPost's next chapter. Join HuffPost. Voting Made Easy. In the novel, Wang points out that "The Seventh Day" compared the world of life and death. It is believed that some of the characters' stories Yang Fei and Yang Jinbiao, Li Yuezhen, Mouse Girl are based on the true stories that were reported in China such as forced relocation, the hospital which treated dead infants as clinical wastes, and selling a kidney to buy electronic devices.
This is similar to an event that occurred in the Shandong Province , where 21 dead infants' remains was found in the Guangfu river in This was also similar to news reported in , in Hangzhou , a group of illegal kidney-sellers were exposed by an internet blogger, who went undercover in the group as an kidney seller for fifteen days and later, on May 28, , called the police.
During the fifteen days undercover in the house, he recorded his conversations with the kidney-sellers and asking them why were they selling their kidneys. One of them said that he sold his kidney so that he could afford to purchase a new cellphone for his girlfriend, and be able to support his family.
This is similar to an incident reported in the autonomous Guangxi region in , where local police in Liuzhou arrested three people who were engaged in prostitution. The prostitutes were discovered to actually be middle-aged men dressed as women. On the first day, after Yang Fei died, he went to the funeral parlour to be cremated, but no urn was prepared for him and no cemetery, so he left the waiting hall and tried to recall the last scene before he died. He remembered he was sitting in the Tan Jia Cai restaurant when he read the report of his ex-wife, Li Qing, cut her wrist suicide at home in the bathtub.
At this time the restaurant kitchen caught fire, his memory stopped with a loud bang. The daily positivity rate in the state was 2. This was the information available at press time with more to be added as it becomes available. Staff Report. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Email.
Load comments. Trending Recipes. The previous ten years had been paving the way for this development, between the game-changing impact of Italian Neorealism, the post-war avant-garde, the rise of film festivals throughout Europe, and the exports from Japan that were introducing the West to that nation's amazing visual traditions.
Something , by the end of the '50s, was going to open the gates to the golden age of '60s art house cinema and the invention of film studies as an academic discipline.
It just happened to be this film that did it, with its overt symbolism, its desperately heavy themes of God, faith, and death, and its immediate declaration that we are going to be Pondering it for many hours - days!
The film's reputation precedes it, in other words. And just as much as we live in a world that has been to some degree defined by The Seventh Seal , so too do we live in a world where The Seventh Seal has something of the stink of being the ultimate in "been there, done that". Worse still, it has the unlovable tragedy of having become An Official Classic, the kind of art - be it a novel, a painting, a symphony, or, yes, a movie - that is meant to be dutifully respected but not at all enjoyed, and also to be diminished as hard as possible by comparing it to fifteen other, newer artworks doing the same thing but bolder, fresher, more successfully.
For, as an unrepentant and genuine lover of many Official Classics, from Great Expectations to Beethoven's Ninth, I take it as given that the reason these things gained their ossified, monolithic reputations is that there has to be something there that people responded to in the first place.
One of his projects here was to create training workshops for actors, and to this end, he wrote a short play, Wood Painting , that was inspired by artwork he saw on the walls of a church from the Middle Ages. Set during the Black Death, it consists of several monologues delivered by various members of medieval Swedish society, centered on the return of a knight and his squire from the Crusades there was no overlap between the Crusades and the Black Death; that's okay, it's an allegory.
Shortly thereafter, Bergman polished it enough for it to be produced, on the radio and onstage. A couple of years later, following his smash hit comedy Smiles of a Summer Night , the director found himself unhappily in a rut.
Light comedy wasn't what he was interested in; but producers were having none of his ultra-dour heavy dramas. As he told the story in later years, it was his lover, the actress Bibi Andersson who had a tiny part in Smiles who encouraged him to take his newfound clout to Svensk Filmindustri, and try to get a film on the same themes as Wood Painting financed, having been shot down once before.
This time, he got the green light, albeit with hardly any money and a rushed shooting schedule, and his much expanded new version of the story went into production in the second half of It was released to lukewarm reviews in Sweden the following winter, but it also found its way to the Cannes International Film Festival, and the rest you know.
Something one notices when approaching The Seventh Seal from the perspective of "Ingmar Bergman's follow-up to Smiles of a Summer Night that the studio only financed reluctantly", rather than the perspective of "this is a canonised masterpiece", is that Bergman had not, by any means, shaken loose the experiments in comedy that he had awkwardly forced himself into.
In fact, and I had entirely forgotten this in the 15 years or so since I last watched the film, The Seventh Seal can be really fucking funny. It can also be a morbid, solemn dirge, and this is the mode it wants to impress upon us right at the start: first in a series of grave, austere opening credits, thin white text on a black background, with no music the first time Bergman used what was to become his signature opening credits aesthetic.
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