Many contemporary critics suggest that film is incapable of, or has a very difficult time developing the interior lives of its characters. These same critics often cite the innate capacity for literary works to capture this illusive reality. This argument generally rests on the assumption that thought is best expressed by words. But, in fact, thoughts are quite often a combination of images, music, and dialogue, and since these devices are implicit and central to film, what better medium to render thought? After an opening discussion of the various theoretical and practical aspects of externalizing the interior life of fictional characters, this paper will analyze Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal to facilitate an appreciation for the power of film to deal with the interior lives of its characters. In particular, this paper will focus on the ways in which various cinematic devices, such as lighting, set design, dialogue, and actors’ expressions, support the development of the interior lives of Bergman’s characters.
|Keywords:||Film, Bergman, The Seventh Seal, Interior Lives of Characters, Inner Lives of Characters|
Part Time Lecturer, English Department, State University of New York, New York, New York, USA
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