Classic films. You see the lists. You think, Yeah, Ive been meaning to watch that. But classics arent films you can just sit and watch, theyre films you watch. Or so the film critics say. But what never gets said about classis is that theyre entertainment too. Sure, theyre serious, theyre works of art, but never do they get called entertainment. These films are so important that have to be taken seriously. Nobody ever tells you that youre supposed to enjoy watching them. So here are four classics that film critics wont tell you are fun to watch:
1. The Seventh Seal (1957)
dir. Ingmar Bergman The Reputation: The film is seen as the art-house, world cinema film. A weary knight (Max Von Sydow) who has lost his faith in God returns from the crusades to a plague ridden homeland. The knight encounters Death, but challenges him to a chess match for his life. Why It's More Fun Than It Sounds: Its a road movie across medieval Sweden. Like all road movie, the weary protagonist encounters strange, funny folk along the way. While the knight deals with the serious, existential matters, the supporting cast get all the comedy. Theres the band of travelling players, with an arrogant actor who runs off with a buxom wench, only to be caught by her simpleton husband, so the actor does the ol knife-under-the-arm fake death to get out of it. While The Seventh Seal deals with some big subject, Ingmar Bergman has enough sense to make the film an enjoyable trip, with the supporting characters, like the naïve juggler Jof, and the sarcastic squire Jons, keeping the balance the drama and the comedy. Not only that, but Death is a funny and oddly likeable character.
Daniel Williams is a writer from Solihull, UK. His influences include Orson Welles, Bob Dylan, tea, and Snoopy. His personal blog is http://teatieredpen.wordpress.com or you can follow the gentleman on Twitter @DRWilliams14