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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 »
NewsDesk:
(198 articles)
The Definitive Religious Films: 10-1
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Bergman Week unveils 2014 programme
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Great, but far from Bergman's best See more (236 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

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The church which Jöns and Antonius Block arrives at 15 minutes into the film is actually a model hung in the dead tree in the foreground.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When the group enters the castle from the rainstorm, they are perfectly dry.See more »
Quotes:
Jöns:Do you have any brandy? I've had nothing but water. It's made me as thirsty as a camel in the desert.See more »
Movie Connections:
Spoofed in The Muppets Go to the Movies (1981) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Dies IraeSee more »

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18 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Great, but far from Bergman's best, 4 June 2004
Author: Bergmaniac from Bulgaria

I find it strange that "The seventh Seal" has always been widely considered to be the best Bergman movie and is so much more famous that all the others he made. Yes, it's very good, especially for its time, but compared with the real masterpieces Bergman made like "Wild Strawberries", "Through a Glass darkly", "Persona", "Winter light" and "Fanny and Alexander", it really pales in comparison. The ideas and the questions asked in this movie are pretty interesting and profound, but I feel that Bergman has done so much better in his later movies on similar subjects. The theme about the God's silence is much, much better developed in the famous "Faith Trilogy", especially "Through a glass darkly" and "Winter light". The theme about how to cope with fear of death is well developed, but couldn't really convince me. Also I feel that the film has too many "comic relief" moments. Many people have praised the cinematography in this movie, quite a few saying that it's one of the best ever. I beg to disagree. It's very, very good, excellent at times, but again Bergman has done so much better in his other movies. Personally I feel that the cinematography in Bergman's movies improved when he changed his director of photography Gunnar Fischer(who worked on this movie and "Wild Strawberries") with Sven Nykvist. Watch "Through a glass darkly" or "Persona" if you want a really stunning cinematography. But even "Wild Strawberries", made shortly after "The Seventh seal" and looking visually quite similar, is better IMO. Here the settings and the lighting looks too theatrical to me for most of the times. Of course, there were quite a few memorable images, especially the start with Death on the beach, the dance with Death at the end, the procession of the fanatics who whipped themselves through the village,etc. But still, something was lacking in many of the scenes. Bergman had to shoot the whole movie in just 35 days, so it's understandable IMO. After being so critical to the movie so far, it's time to mention its strong points. They are typical of Bergman's movies. Very strong acting(especially from Max von Sydov), amazing dark medieval atmosphere, really makes you think about the important questions. The music was very well and effectively used too. It's a great movie, no doubt, and it established Bergman as one of the all-time greats, which is big plus for a huge fan of him like myself. Still, my advice is: don't limit your Bergman experience to just this movie, watch his others, many of them are even better. 9/10

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