Now – many think of this Bergman film as depressing and dull. I really found it neither: it was quite funny (even without thinking about the excellent Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey parody – but I will keep my opinions on the ethical profundity of Bill and Ted for another day..) -and rather optimistic – even cheerful..?
I am not sure how many will prefer the Squire to Block himself – but I think his balance to Antonius Block’s seriousness and Jon’s pragmatism is refreshing throughout. Of course, there is a lot that is pertinent to this module in here: esp in Block’s pleas for those who want to believe but can’t..
If you are stuck for where to start for comments – think about the questions at the bottom of this page from Winona State University.
Oh – there is some interesting analysis at http://course1.winona.edu/pjohnson/h140/seal2.htm – with explicit reference to existentialism. I am not sure that I agree that it is a flaw in the script that Block does not have to sacrifice anything in order to find what he looks for (when he knocks the pieces over to aid the escape of the Acrobats/Players and child). Also – are you convined by the claim in this analysis that Block’s ceaseless questioning prevents him from being able to “hear the still, small voice of God”? Lots to comment on in this analysis though!