THE SEVENTH SEAL
DET SJUNDE INSEGLET
1957, Janus Films, 92 min, Sweden, Dir: Ingmar Bergman

Arguably Ingmar Bergman’s most iconic film and the movie that helped create the international arthouse-cinema craze of the 1950s. While the Black Plague rages all around, medieval knight Max von Sydow plays a game of chess with Death … but who will win? Often imitated and parodied but never equaled, THE SEVENTH SEAL is an astonishing, protean masterpiece: a film to storm the gates of Heaven with. Winner of the Special Jury Prize at Cannes. "Bergman's spiritual quest is at the center of the films he made in the middle of his career. THE SEVENTH SEAL opens that period, in which he asked, again and again, why God seemed absent from the world." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times.


LABYRINTH
1986, Sony Repertory, 101 min, UK, USA, Dir: Jim Henson

David Bowie and a young Jennifer Connelly star in this tour de force of live-action puppetry. Fifteen-year-old Sarah (Connelly), angry with her little brother, wishes him away to the imaginary land of the Goblin King from her favorite book. Her musings take physical form and she is granted 13 hours to rescue him from the phantasmagoric realm of her own creation, lest the boy become a goblin forever.


THE WIZARD OF OZ
1939, Warner Bros., 101 min, USA, Dir: Victor Fleming

Judy Garland is Dorothy in this sublime, candy-colored adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s children’s favorite, one of the most beloved film classics of all time. Take a surreal stroll down the Yellow Brick Road with Dorothy as she encounters the Tin Man (Jack Haley), the Scarecrow (Ray Bolger), the Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr), Glinda the Good Witch (Billie Burke), the Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton) and the title character (Frank Morgan), whose full name is Oscar Zoroaster Phadrig Isaac Norman Henkle Emmannuel Ambroise Diggs.


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