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The Seventh Seal -- Disillusioned and exhausted after a decade of battling in the Crusades, a knight encounters Death on a desolate beach and challenges him to a fateful game of chess.

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Director:
Writers:
Ingmar Bergman (play)
Ingmar Bergman (screenplay)
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Release Date:
13 October 1958 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A man seeks answers about life, death, and the existence of God as he plays chess against the Grim Reaper during the Black Plague. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
7 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Grim, but not entirely hopeless See more (241 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gunnar Björnstrand ... Jöns, squire

Bengt Ekerot ... Death
Nils Poppe ... Jof / Joseph

Max von Sydow ... Antonius Block

Bibi Andersson ... Mia / Mary - Jof's wife
Inga Gill ... Lisa, blacksmith's wife
Maud Hansson ... Witch
Inga Landgré ... Karin, Block's Wife
Gunnel Lindblom ... Girl
Bertil Anderberg ... Raval
Anders Ek ... The Monk
Åke Fridell ... Blacksmith Plog
Gunnar Olsson ... Albertus Pictor, Church Painter
Erik Strandmark ... Jonas Skat
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Siv Aleros ... Flagellant (uncredited)
Sten Ardenstam ... Knight (uncredited)
Harry Asklund ... The landlord (uncredited)
Benkt-Åke Benktsson ... Merchant at the inn (uncredited)
Catherine Berg ... Young woman kneeling for the flagellants (uncredited)
Lena Bergman ... Young woman kneeling for the flagellants (uncredited)
Tor Borong ... Farmer at the inn (uncredited)
Gudrun Brost ... Woman at inn (uncredited)
Bengt Gillberg ... Flagellant (uncredited)
Lars Granberg ... Flagellant (uncredited)
Gunlög Hagberg ... Flagellant (uncredited)
Gun Hammargren ... Flagellant (uncredited)
Tor Isedal ... Man (uncredited)
Ulf Johansson ... Knight Commander (uncredited)
Tommy Karlsson ... Mikael, Jof and Maria's son (uncredited)
Uno Larsson ... Flagellant (uncredited)
Lennart Lilja ... Flagellant (uncredited)
Lars Lind ... The young monk (uncredited)
Monica Lindman ... Flagellant (uncredited)
Gordon Löwenadler ... Knight (uncredited)
Mona Malm ... Young pregnant woman (uncredited)
Josef Norman ... Old man at the inn (uncredited)
Gösta Prüzelius ... Man (uncredited)
Helge Sjökvist ... Flagellant (uncredited)
Georg Skarstedt ... Flagellant (uncredited)
Ragnar Sörman ... Flagellant (uncredited)
Fritjof Tall ... Man (uncredited)
Lennart Tollén ... Flagellant (uncredited)
Nils Whiten ... Old man addressed by the monk (uncredited)
Caya Wickström ... Flagellant (uncredited)
Karl Widh ... Man with crutches (uncredited)
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Directed by
Ingmar Bergman 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ingmar Bergman  play "Trämålning"
Ingmar Bergman  screenplay

Produced by
Allan Ekelund .... producer
 
Original Music by
Erik Nordgren 
 
Cinematography by
Gunnar Fischer 
 
Film Editing by
Lennart Wallén 
 
Production Design by
P.A. Lundgren 
 
Costume Design by
Manne Lindholm 
 
Makeup Department
Nils Nittel .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lennart Olsson .... assistant director (as Lennart Ohlsson)
 
Art Department
Carl-Henry Cagarp .... props
 
Sound Department
Evald Andersson .... sound effects
Lennart Wallin .... sound
Aaby Wedin .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Åke Nilsson .... assistant camera (as Åke G. Nilsson)
 
Music Department
Sixten Ehrling .... conductor
Erik Nordgren .... music arranger
 
Other crew
Katinka Faragó .... script girl (as Katarina Faragó)
Else Fisher .... choreographer (as Else Fischer)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Det sjunde inseglet" - Sweden (original title)
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Runtime:
96 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:12 | Italy:VM14 (original rating) | Italy:T (re-rating) | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | Singapore:PG | South Africa:PG | South Korea:15 | South Korea:12 (2012) | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:PG | UK:X (original rating) | USA:Not Rated | USA:TV-PG (cable rating) | West Germany:16

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Trivia:
Both Van Halen and Scott Walker (from his album Scott 4) have named a song after The Seventh Seal (1957), both are inspired by this Ingmar Bergman film. The Van Halen one also mentions The Virgin Spring (1960).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When the group enters the castle from the rainstorm, they are perfectly dry.See more »
Quotes:
Antonius Block:I shall remember this moment: the silence, the twilight, the bowl of strawberries, the bowl of milk. Your faces in the evening light. Mikael asleep, Jof with his lyre. I shall try to remember our talk. I shall carry this memory carefully in my hands as if it were a bowl brimful of fresh milk. It will be a sign to me, and a great sufficiency.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Torremolinos 73 (2003)See more »
Soundtrack:
SKATS SÅNGSee more »

FAQ

Any recommendations for other movies by Ingmar Bergman?
Is this movie based on a novel?
If there are seven seals mentioned in the Bible, what are the first six?
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207 out of 225 people found the following review useful.
Grim, but not entirely hopeless, 24 January 2003
Author: RWiggum from Erlangen, Germany

Middle Ages: Antonius Blok, a Swedish knight, returns from the Crusades only to find his country dying of the plague, religious fundamentalists taking over and Death himself wanting him to come along. Antonius challenges Death to a game of chess and is meanwhile driven to desperation because of the absence of God. This description sounds like a very serious, philosophical and dour film, and actually it is serious, philosophical and dour; but there is also a little warmth, hope and humor, maybe not for Antonius, but for the viewer.

When Blok and Death interrupt their game of chess (due to the plague, Death is very busy), he meets two actors, Jof and Mia, with their little son, the most human characters of the film, and I don't think it's a coincidence that there names sound very much like Joseph and Mary. These people may be a little dim, but they are good at heart and you can see the happiness in Antonius' eyes when he is together with them for the first time.

But the main aspect of Ingmar Bergman's arguably best film are Antonius Blok's grim encounters, as the young girl about to be burnt at the stake, as a scapegoat for the plague. And the haunting image of a huge crowd of flagellants interrupting a play of Jof and Mia and trying to convince the crowd thery are doomed; hardly any other film is that direct in asking controversial and essential questions about God, religion and mankind as The Seventh Seal.

Another reason for the impact this almost 50-year-old film has still today is the acting: Max von Sydow's face always seems to reflect what Antonius Blok is thinking, Nils Poppe's performance as the naive actor and caring father is priceless and Bengt Ekerot's Death became a part of film history and survived all its spoofs (the best one being in Woody Allen's tremendously funny "Love and Death"). But the best performance is done by Gunnar Björnstrand as Antonios Blok's misogynist squire, dryly commenting all their encounters even in the face of death.

The Seventh Seal is not subtle in raising it's questions, that's for sure. But it makes you think about these questions nevertheless. It's disturbing and grim most of the time, but at the end it gives you the hope that it might become better.

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