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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 »
Genre:
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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Ingmar Bergman questions the meaning of life, death, faith, and the existence of God in this masterpiece of world cinema... See more (247 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)

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:
Ingmar Bergman based the entire iconography of the movie on murals in a church where his clergyman father used to go and preach.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: Jof's hand movements on the Lyra match by no means the audible notes.See more »
Quotes:
[the church painter explains why he is painting a mural about death]
Church Painter:Why should one always make people happy? It might be a good idea to scare them once in a while.
Jöns:Then they'll close their eyes and refuse to look.
Church Painter:They'll look. A skull is more interesting than a naked woman.
Jöns:If you do scare them...
Church Painter:Then they think.
Jöns:And then?
Church Painter:They'll become more scared.
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Soundtrack:
HÄSTEN SITTER I TRÄDETSee more »

FAQ

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To what does the "seventh seal" refer?
If there are seven seals mentioned in the Bible, what are the first six?
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152 out of 173 people found the following review useful.
Ingmar Bergman questions the meaning of life, death, faith, and the existence of God in this masterpiece of world cinema..., 1 January 2005
Author: ACitizenCalledKane from United States

Antonius Block - "Who are you?" Death - "I am Death." Antonius Block - "Have you come for me?" Death - "I have long walked by your side." Antonius Block - "So I have noticed."

The Seventh Seal, considered by some to be Ingmar Bergman's greatest achievement, is the desperate prayer of a sensitive, introspective, and insightful young man confused by the horrors of the world around him. Ingmar Bergman's films are often very deep, full of symbolism, philosophy, spirituality, emotion, and thought. The Seventh Seal is classic Bergman. Expressing his fear of life with no meaning, death with no understanding, and faith with no validity, Ingmar Bergman takes us deep into the well of his mind.

As the Black Plague ravages the world, a Antonius Block and his squire, Jons (Max Von Sydow and Gunnar Bjornstrand, respectively), return from fighting in the Crusades. They find their homeland devastated by the plague, their countrymen mad with fear, and their cause lost. Antonius Block is confronted by Death (Bengt Ekerot). Block challenges Death to a game of chess to provide him time to seek answers to the questions that plague his mind as Death has plagued his country. Death accepts, knowing that Block cannot escape his fate, and the two begin their game. As the story continues, Block and Jons meet with several testaments to the agony that the Black Death has brought upon their land. They find a young girl who is to be burned at the stake for having been with the Devil. They find madness in the eyes of all they meet, as everyone is convinced that God is angry and is punishing the world with the plague. They also find a small group of travelling actors, who appear to be the only souls to have remained sane in the midst of all of the death and fear. Block and Jons move across the countryside in the hopes of finding safety in Block's castle, but Death is always around the corner, biding his time.

Brilliantly conceived, and stunningly executed, Bergman's vision is brought to the screen through Gunnar Fischer's powerful cinematography creating images that will likely remain with you for the rest of your life. Strong performances from everyone involved bring humanity to the film. Max Von Sydow's brave and conflicted Antonius Block matching wits with Bengt Ekerot's sinister, omnipotent Death is a microcosm of the forces at work in this breath-taking interpretation of the mortal struggle.

A masterpiece!

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