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Bergman: 100 Years
THE SEVENTH SEAL
DET SJUNDE INSEGLET
- Director: Ingmar Bergman
- SWEDEN / 1957 / DCP / B&W / 96´ / Swedish ; Turkish, English s.t.
- Screenplay: Ingmar Bergman
- Director of Photography: Gunnar Fischer
- Editing: Lennart Wallén
- Music: Erik Nordgren
- Cast: Max von Sydow, Gunnar Björnstrand, Nils Poppe, Bibi Andersson, Bengt Ekerot
- Producer: Allan Ekelund
- Production Co.: Svensk Filmindustri
- World Sales: Swedish Film Institute
- 1957 CANNES Jury Special Prize
In addition to being one of Bergman’s early films that brought him international acclaim and a stone cold classic, The Seventh Seal is also significant for being one of the most influential and impressive films ever made about death, life and faith. The film takes place in the middle ages when Europe was overwhelmed by the Black Plague. After being on the road for ten years chasing battles and glory, Antonius Block, a knight, finally returns home to Sweden but comes face to face with Death, who is looking for him. As a last resort, Block offers to play chess for his life. With its boundless philosophical references and unparalleled visual quality, The Seventh Seal has inspired countless directors and films.
This film was a Meetings on the Bridge participant.