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Sundays are now lazy days for me. Going forward, I’m just going to re-post other people’s work or just do something silly. Today, it’s my favorite movie of all time offered without any sort of analysis. It’s about a group of people that are dying of the plague, and in order to fend them off, a knight plays chess with death. If he wins, they all survive. You may be familiar with its influence elsewhere. The entire movie is available free on YouTube, though YouTube also offers it as a paid rental. I re-watched it last week. This is a movie I studied in school, and it’s one of those that has lots to unpack. I’ll leave it to you to peel them away if you so choose, though there’s always some help available.
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[…] I’ve written briefly about this one. I first saw it in high school as part of an English class assignment. We spent a couple of days breaking it apart. It’s a multi-layered film that makes you think if you’re ready and willing to do so. I was quite proud of myself for being the only one in the class (including the teacher) who noticed something in the film: The knight’s strategy in his game of chess against Death was a combination of the knight and bishop. If you consider the film’s theme and the knight’s intellectual struggle, it was not only appropriate that he’d use those pieces, but also appropriate that Death would trick him and defeat the strategy. […]