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Really a beautifully shot film, full of symbolism. The first shot is of a woman washing ashore on land. She climbs up a piece of drift wood, only to find herself crawling horizontally across a table at a house party, unnoticed by the guests. As she reaches the end she observes a chess game being played. She is transfixed as the pieces begin to move themselves, and a piece falls from the board, and gets lost. She desperately tries to find it journeying to find this missing piece. Eventually, she ends up back at the beach, where two woman are playing chess. This scene is very reminiscent of the game with death in 'The Seventh Seal'. It's a great film, which seems to want to say a lot. I can't say I understand every part of it, but it at least makes me think. On top of it, its a gorgeous film to look at.
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This movie ranks #70 in Brief Encounters
This movie ranks #178 in Anthology Film Archives' Essential Cinema
This movie ranks #230 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Films