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The Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day met death today. They are playing chess.

Published at: July 27, 2011, 11:59 p.m. CST

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

I’m still in a bit of a cinephile phase here, so forgive the higher-brow stuff. I swear I have more geek shit coming soon.

Yesterday was Powell & Pressburger and today is Ingmar Bergman on the set with one of his most iconic cinematic creations, the chess-playing Death in The Seventh Seal. So iconic in fact that it has been spoofed, ripped off and referenced for generations.

This is a beautiful shot of Bergman and Bengt Ekerot that I’ve been sent a few times, but only recently in this high quality.

Hope you guys enjoy! Click to embiggen!

 

 

If you have a behind the scenes shot you’d like to submit to this column, you can email me at quint@aintitcool.com.

Tomorrow’s behind the scenes pic features Popeye about to start some shit!

-Quint
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  • July 28, 2011, 12:06 a.m. CST

    excellent

    by wattos new hat

  • July 28, 2011, 12:09 a.m. CST

    It's not high-brow enough

    by CherryValance

    to make me not think "You have sunk my Battleship.[/germanaccent]" I prefer Winter Light myself. :p

  • July 28, 2011, 12:14 a.m. CST

    Cool pic!

    by Sanyi

    Great movie!

  • July 28, 2011, 12:15 a.m. CST

    Unfortunate timing.... *Sad news*

    by xoandre

    My wife's uncle was out playing chess with his buddies Monday Night. He fell out of his chair, was rushed to the hospital and died within 3 hours. This is unfortunately true. His son is flying home from Germany (where he lives and goes to school) and his ex-wife is flying in from Thailand (where she lives with her parents). My wife's uncle is in the Chicago Morgue and his only brother (my father in law) is unable to get authorization to even see him to make sure it is him. So, the heading of "... met death today. they are playing chess." is a bit ironic.

  • July 28, 2011, 12:18 a.m. CST

    Xoandre

    by Weresmurf77

    BEST FIVE OUT OF NINE!!!!

  • July 28, 2011, 12:20 a.m. CST

    I can appreciate Bergman's art, but BOY is he bleak.

    by sweeneydave

    I wouldn't exactly call any of his films a good time.

  • July 28, 2011, 12:22 a.m. CST

    Bleak?

    by Pogue__Mahone

    Yeah... but brilliant! Thanks for a really cool, iconic pic!

  • July 28, 2011, 12:43 a.m. CST

    Cherry valance

    by kingralphuk

    You stole the words from my mouth!

  • July 28, 2011, 12:50 a.m. CST

    Sooo I take it...

    by Phil

    You 'ave sunk my battleship

  • July 28, 2011, 12:51 a.m. CST

    WTF?

    by Phil

    OK so I was asking if this is where the Death character from Bill and Ted comes from....

  • July 28, 2011, 1:21 a.m. CST

    Scary film...

    by Polo Chavez

    Not in Eli Roth scary (I'm full of shit there), but that we're all fucked.

  • July 28, 2011, 3:34 a.m. CST

    sweeneydave

    by kwisatzhaderach

    The Magic Flute is a good time, as is Fanny and Alexander. Smiles of a Summer Night too. And The Seventh Seal, for all its reputation as a bleak nightmare, is actually a very funny film too. Bergman passed four years ago on Saturday, so nice timing Quint.

  • July 28, 2011, 3:35 a.m. CST

    HAHAHEHOHA!

    by Warren

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  • July 28, 2011, 3:57 a.m. CST

    Fantastic shot

    by jasper Stillwell

    I caught 'Smiles on a Summer Night' by accident the other day and was amazed at not only how adult it was but also how contemporary it seemed. And 'The Virgin Spring' is still as hard-hitting as I remember it. This is great stuff, keep it up. (In years to come the 'behind the scenes pic' will no doubt be Liam Neeson alone on the corner of the set of 'Battleship' contemplating the loaded revolver in his hand).

  • July 28, 2011, 4:16 a.m. CST

    CHAOS!

    by Warren

    I’m just trying to have a good time here, these talk-backs are supposed to make you laugh people. Don’t take things so serious as someone on this talk-back used to say. I cant help I have a large though and then it just piles over onto the talk-back. Sometimes my thoughts will be small and ill say a word or two. Just so you know its all in fun but never mind that for now lets get back to talking about film. I think MUNICH is SPEILBERGS best film but my dad favors ALWAYS. You know I can stick my entire hand up my ass cause I was gang-raped last year, no joke there, it hurt! Those fuckers never got caught cause I was afraid to tell anyone, then I turned gay so I guess it didn’t matter. If I had to pick between buying LOTR on blu-ray or STAR WARS, I would for sure go for the light saber y’all! For all of those who didn’t like the prequels, you are stupid as fuck. LUCAS has controlled your life, he made sure you would always work a dead end job and be stuck! 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Does anyone know when that LEO kid from TITANIC will win an OSCAR, I mean he was in THE DEPARTED and still couldn’t win! Have you ever seen a woman fuck a turtle, its kind of gross, but I’m sure there babies will be pretty. 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  • July 28, 2011, 4:21 a.m. CST

    Best of seven?

    by henrydalton

    DAMN RIGHT!!

  • July 28, 2011, 4:41 a.m. CST

    POLLY PLATT DIED!!! http://www.imdb.com/news/ni13351306/

    by CreepyThinMan

  • July 28, 2011, 6:16 a.m. CST

    When people mention The Seventh Seal

    by thepoohguy

    I only ever think about the Demi Moore movie.

  • July 28, 2011, 6:27 a.m. CST

    Lucas loses Supreme Court case (and his stormtrooper copyright)

    by justmyluck

    Also a chess game with death, of sorts: http://blastr.com/2011/07/lucas-loses-supreme-court.php Anyhoo, have 5% of AICN readers seen any Bergman...only 20 BTS replies so far. I was never blown away by his work like Woody Allen and Stanley Kubrick were...maybe you have to be a filmmaker of a certain era to 'hook into' Ingmar Bergman. For instance, here's a letter of admiration from Kubrick to Bergman: http://www.lettersofnote.com/2011/07/you-are-greatest-film-maker-at-work.html ...and a hagiographic interview with Allen on Bergman: http://www.time.com/time/arts/article/0,8599,1648917,00.html I understand why Bergman is a cinema great, of the Ozu and Godard strata anyway, but they were never my cuppa. I think Nykvist deserves a lot of Bergman's credit, if anything.

  • July 28, 2011, 7:36 a.m. CST

    Great movie, great shot, but

    by empty_headed_animal

    I still think 'You 'ave senk my bettle-ship' evrytime I see that iconic death chracter thanks to Bill and Ted!

  • July 28, 2011, 7:49 a.m. CST

    I love the fact that Bill & Ted parodied this film...

    by rev_skarekroe

    ...despite the fact that most Bill & Ted fans had never seen (and probably will never see) it.

  • July 28, 2011, 8:12 a.m. CST

    xoandre, sorry about your grandpa

    by Autodidact

    But that's not irony.

  • July 28, 2011, 8:13 a.m. CST

    I mean your wife's uncle..

    by Autodidact

    Why do so many people think ironic means "entirely appropriate"?

  • July 28, 2011, 8:18 a.m. CST

    “You have sank…my Battleship!”

    by I_Snake_Plissken

    Overall, Bogus Journey is a pretty bad film, but the scene with death is comedy gold - William Sadler is hilarious. As for the original, it’s worth watching just to see a younger Max Von Sydow.

  • July 28, 2011, 8:19 a.m. CST

    Thought it was death from Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey

    by GeorgieBoy

    Sitting on the rocks and everything.

  • July 28, 2011, 10:15 a.m. CST

    Don't apologize for "the higher-brow stuff"!

    by kevred

    This is a beautiful photograph of a film that works on many levels, one of which is fantasy, which fits right in with this site. Thank you for sharing it. I've never seen it, and it's a wonderful pic.

  • July 28, 2011, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Yup, Bill and Ted did it better.

    by FluffyUnbound

    It really showed up the absurdity of Death as something you could challenge to a game. I also think Bill and Ted has one of the best presentations of hell in film. "Choose your OWN eternity, you fag!" Priceless. Better than Dante.

  • July 28, 2011, 10:39 a.m. CST

    My absolute favorite film of all time

    by TheGreatHomsar

    Intellectual but accessible, intelligent but human. Awesome stuff.

  • July 28, 2011, 10:48 a.m. CST

    waltere.kurtz

    by welcometothepartypal

    That's some fucked up shit kiddo.

  • July 28, 2011, 10:52 a.m. CST

    Last Action Hero

    by DewMan89

    Also the source of kind of an out of place bit in Last Action Hero. Caught it on TV the other day after not having watched it since the 90's and was very surprised by who played Death.

  • July 28, 2011, 11:16 a.m. CST

    @thegreathomsar, I agree completely

    by kevred

    It's in competition with Star Wars and ESB for my favorite film ever, but it's such a magnificent film. It works on so many different levels - brooding existential art piece, wildly imaginative fantasy, gorgeous visuals & mood, and a great human story as well. One of my strongest memories around the film is, back in '95, after having loved the film for a few years, I showed it to my then-girlfriend. At that point I saw the film as a dark, brooding masterpiece, moving and strange. When we watched it together, she laughed in about a dozen places - not making fun of the movie, but finding the humor in so many places I didn't see it. It made me appreciate the film all over again, to see it work so differently for someone else. I still get the most out of it as an eerie, quiet, stark, cold work, but it covers so much ground in one film.

  • July 28, 2011, 11:18 a.m. CST

    Well done, Quint

    by Jeffrey

  • July 28, 2011, 12:26 p.m. CST

    Hit...you hov SAAANK my Bittleship!!!

    by Squinty CGI Flynn

  • July 28, 2011, 12:45 p.m. CST

    I remember HATING Fanny And Alexander while I was

    by sweeneydave

    watching it. And it was LOOOONG. But then after it was over, all my recollections are pleasant ones. It doesn't make any sense to me, but when I think about it, I remember it being funny, and frightening, and haunting, and comforting (like coming home from college). And I can't, for the life of me, remember why I wasn't enjoying it at the time. Very strange.

  • Dracula sucking victims dry- king kong shoulda grabbed a chick- etc.

  • July 28, 2011, 2:17 p.m. CST

    i_snake_plissken

    by slone13

    On the contrary, Bogus Journey is better than first.

  • July 28, 2011, 2:26 p.m. CST

    Death in Last Action Hero

    by DewMan89

    P.S. It was Sir Ian McKellen

  • July 28, 2011, 2:52 p.m. CST

    It's the only Ingmar Bergman movie that i really love.

    by AsimovLives

    All his movies is more a case of admiring them then actually liking them. Though i'm yet to see THE VIRGIN SPRING, PERSONA and FANNY AND ALEXANDER. I have heard that the later is his most acessible movie, despite the 4 hours long running time. But THE SEVEN SEAL is a really damn good movie i love. One of the few medieval movies in which one felels that not only we are there, but that the filmmakers time traveled and was actually shot in the real middle ages times. The impact of the realistic depiction of the medieval era in this movie caused a revolution in world filmmaking, including Holywood. Evne Holywood started to go for a more naturalistic presentation of the middle ages in the years after, with such notable movies as THE WAR LORD and EL CID as examples.

  • July 28, 2011, 2:53 p.m. CST

    dewman89

    by AsimovLives

    Yes indeed. A pre-world famous Ian McKellen.

  • July 28, 2011, 2:55 p.m. CST

    catchtheman

    by AsimovLives

    Personally i'd go with CITIZEN KANE, of which i have no doubt, but i understand your puzzlement. It does rival CK for the top honour.

  • July 28, 2011, 3 p.m. CST

    Bergman directs and works his quads at the same time

    by Plathismo

    Now there's an auteur. Great photo.

  • In the trailer for Monty Python's THE QUEST FOR THE HOLY GRAIL, we see a short moment where they show Michael Palin as the knight playing chess, and we see Terry jones as Death adn Terry Gilliam as the pagen. And then Death throws a pie at the pagen's face. This short scene in that trailer always makes me fall to the floor laughing. It's the sheer pizzazz of mocking with shichh an hallowed movie,a nd yet you can tell that the joke is done in good spirits, for it's easy to see that the Pythons are fans of the movie. But it's the combination of the slapstickl comedy aplied to such a refered serious movie that just makes is so damn funny. The joke is still very funny today, but at the time it must had been a riot!

  • July 28, 2011, 4:50 p.m. CST

    Ok Sloan, I'll bite - exactly how is Bogus Journey Better?

    by I_Snake_Plissken

    The first is an all time classic - just the right misx of absurd comedy, "As you can see, Genghis very much enjoys Twinkies because of the excellent sugar rush." The collection of historical figures was great, the ending presentation was a lot of fun, and both Winters and Reeves played their roles with a certain earnestness. All I remember from the 2nd film (aside from the fun death challenge sequence) was the robot duplicates and the whole “Station” alien – neither of which were particularly compelling. BTW – If your last name is “Peterson” I’m sorry to hear about your Grandmother’s recent passing.

  • July 28, 2011, 5:20 p.m. CST

    ...and next they played Go Fish...and then Twister!

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • July 28, 2011, 10:44 p.m. CST

    Huh, this mysterious edit function is popping up again.

    by kevred

    Expect it will be gone soon again, too. If it's a new feature that's being worked on, I already have a request: all of the options except for "edit" are for negative reactions to a post. Some kind of "great comment!" option would be nice too - something positive. It's common to see "thumbs up/thumbs down" or "X of X users liked this post" types of options on comment boards these days.

  • July 29, 2011, 12:24 a.m. CST

    Apologizing for "high-brow" must mean that you

    by Queefer Sutherland

    think we're low-brow, and are probably right now flinging feces because this high-falutin' photo has frightened and enraged us. Yeah, well fuck you.

  • July 29, 2011, 11:23 a.m. CST

    sweeneydave

    by flax

    That's exactly how I feel about Fanny & Alexander. It's a five-hour bore but lengthy scenes in which absolutely nothing happens, but it's filled with memorable and iconic moments, feelings and images. I really don't understand it (the vague supernatural elements, the ghosts, the Jewish magic etc still leave me stumped), but then again, I'm not sure if I want to. I guess I'll just leave it as a collection of nice, strange memories.