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The Seventh Seal (1957)

Det sjunde inseglet (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Fantasy | 13 October 1958 (USA)
A man seeks answers about life, death, and the existence of God as he plays chess against the Grim Reaper during the Black Plague.

Director:

Ingmar Bergman

Writers:

Ingmar Bergman (play), Ingmar Bergman (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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
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Storyline

A Knight and his squire are home from the crusades. Black Death is sweeping their country. As they approach home, Death appears to the knight and tells him it is his time. The knight challenges Death to a chess game for his life. The Knight and Death play as the cultural turmoil envelopes the people around them as they try, in different ways, to deal with the upheaval the plague has caused. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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A film of visual scope, of imaginative concept, of powerful content, written and directed by Ingmar Bergman, twice honored by the Interational Jury at the Cannes Film Festival 1956,1957

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Filmed over a period of 35 days for only $150,000. See more »

Goofs

At the seashore, Block's face is brightly lit from the side, yet the rising (or setting) sun is behind his back. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
narrator: And when the Lamb had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space oh half an hour. And the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.
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Connections

Referenced in I Travel Alone (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Hållas Mellan Rona
Music by Erik Nordgren
Lyrics by Ingmar Bergman
Sung by Gunnar Björnstrand
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Troubled & Uncertain Times...
21 April 2020 | by XstalSee all my reviews

Few films are better than this, or more appropriate during troubled and uncertain times. From the genius, Ingmar Bergman, through the outstanding Max von Sydow, a genuinely classic and historic piece of cinema that will leave you with more questions than answers; questions well worthy of exploration in search of an answer, or at least in attaining a satisfactory explanation, in order to get you to the end of your own journey.


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Details

Country:

Sweden

Language:

Swedish | Latin

Release Date:

13 October 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$150,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$230,571
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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