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Max von Sydow RIP
« on: March 09, 2020, 04:23:30 AM »
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Re: Max von Sydow RIP
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2020, 06:22:55 AM »
I loved him, he also added a sense of gravitas in his roles not just with his imposing presence but his subtly too. RIP.  I saw him at the world premiere of Star Wars a few years ago which was a very joyful experience to see all of the cast of the movie.

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« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2020, 06:50:09 AM »
Yes, a great actor. I mainly associate him with Bergman, but I will never forget this bit, from Woody Allen's Hannah and her Sisters:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C86FU8h-d6Y
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Re: Max von Sydow RIP
« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2020, 07:49:34 AM »
Yes, a great actor. I mainly associate him with Bergman, but I will never forget this bit, from Woody Allen's Hannah and her Sisters:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C86FU8h-d6Y


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« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2020, 02:14:03 PM »
Thanks for the interesting comments. I've been out but just switched on the TV to watch a programme about Max von Sydow on Sky Arts, obviously a tribute. It encouraged me to watch more of his Bergman films beyond The Seventh Seal plus some of his Hollywood output. I thought that 'The Magician' looked to be of exceptional interest.
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« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2020, 03:17:05 PM »
Thanks for the interesting comments. I've been out but just switched on the TV to watch a programme about Max von Sydow on Sky Arts, obviously a tribute. It encouraged me to watch more of his Bergman films beyond The Seventh Seal plus some of his Hollywood output. I thought that 'The Magician' looked to be of exceptional interest.

It is indeed exceptional. Also not to be missed: Hour of the Wolf and The Virgin Spring.

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« Reply #6 on: March 09, 2020, 03:58:38 PM »
I'd forgotten Hour Of The Wolf. That's a deeply strange film, even by Bergman's standards.  He's also one of the leads in Through A Glass Darkly and a supporting role in Winter Light, both of which aren't to be missed. Looking at his work with Bergman now I note that I've still not seen The Passion Of Anna or The Touch.

extra non-Bergman Sydow shoutouts to Three Days Of The Condor, Deathwatch and The Wolf At The Door.

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Re: Max von Sydow RIP
« Reply #7 on: March 09, 2020, 04:03:27 PM »
Loved him in Hannah and Her Sisters.

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« Reply #8 on: March 09, 2020, 11:56:44 PM »
It is indeed exceptional. Also not to be missed: Hour of the Wolf and The Virgin Spring.
Thanks my friend  :)
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« Reply #9 on: March 09, 2020, 11:58:04 PM »
Loved him in Hannah and Her Sisters.
Must watch this one as well.

Thanks to all for recommendations and comments.
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Re: Max von Sydow RIP
« Reply #10 on: March 10, 2020, 12:19:08 AM »
Loved him in Hannah and Her Sisters.

Despite his fame because of The Exorcist and playing chess with mr. Death, this was my first thought, too.

May he rest in peace.
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Re: Max von Sydow RIP
« Reply #11 on: March 11, 2020, 11:49:25 AM »
Despite his fame because of The Exorcist and playing chess with mr. Death, this was my first thought, too.

May he rest in peace.

I like your 'playing chess with Mr Death' comment.
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« Reply #12 on: March 11, 2020, 01:37:12 PM »
It might seem less important, but I really loved his prologue narration in Lars Von Trier's Zentropa (aka Europa):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXlm3fS0VNs

(hope that link works - I can't tell at work)

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Re: Max von Sydow RIP
« Reply #13 on: March 11, 2020, 01:45:32 PM »
It might seem less important, but I really loved his prologue narration in Lars Von Trier's Zentropa (aka Europa):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXlm3fS0VNs

(hope that link works - I can't tell at work)

It's terrific! He had such a distinctive voice. Never heard of the film.
Thanks for posting it.
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« Reply #14 on: March 11, 2020, 02:36:00 PM »
It's terrific! He had such a distinctive voice. Never heard of the film.
Thanks for posting it.

I'm not a Lars Von Trier fan - far from it, in fact - but that film is very good. And does some really interesting things with back-projection all the way through it.

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« Reply #15 on: March 11, 2020, 02:58:23 PM »
I'm not a Lars Von Trier fan - far from it, in fact - but that film is very good. And does some really interesting things with back-projection all the way through it.
Thanks - must try to track it down.
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Re: Max von Sydow RIP
« Reply #16 on: March 23, 2020, 07:45:02 AM »
Watching 'The Seventh Seal' with its theme of the Knight returning to a plague-ridden Europe and searching for the meaning of things might be appropriate, if depressing viewing at the moment, and yet I've always found it strangely uplifting:
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