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The Seventh Seal [1957 film] (1957)

by Ingmar Bergman (Director)

Other authors: Bibi Andersson (Actor), Gunnar Björnstrand (Actor), Anders Ek (Actor), Bengt Ekerot (Actor), Inga Gill (Actor)1 more, Max von Sydow (Actor)

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In medieval Sweden a knight returns from war only to find a ravaged homeland. He meets up with a group of travelling players and eventually confronts the embodiment of death with whom he engages in a game of chess 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.… (more)
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DVD Disillusioned knight Antonius Block and his cynical squire Jöns return from the Crusades to find the country ravaged by the plague. The knight encounters Death, whom he challenges to a chess match, believing he can survive as long as the game continues. The game they start continues throughout the story.
  StFrancisofAssisi | Feb 6, 2021 |
A 14th-Century Nihilist/Crusader stalls Death with a game of chess.

Maybe worth seeing once due to its cultural contributions. The concept is good enough to carry the story most of the way, but it doesn't live up to its potential.

Concept: A
Story: C
Characters: B
Dialog: C
Pacing: C
Cinematography: B
Special effects/design: B
Acting: A
Music: B

Enjoyment: C plus

GPA: 2.8/4 ( )
  comfypants | Feb 16, 2016 |
I confess I did not understand this film. ( )
  wdjoyner | Feb 23, 2013 |
When disillusioned Swedish knight Antonius Block returns home from the Crusades to find his country in the grips of the Black Death, he challenges Death to a chess match for his life. Tormented by the belief that God does not exist, Block sets off on a journey, meeting up with traveling players Jof and his wife, Mia, and becoming determined to evade Death long enough to commit one redemptive act while he still lives.
(source: TMDb)
  aptrvideo | Apr 18, 2021 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Bergman, IngmarDirectorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Andersson, BibiActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Björnstrand, GunnarActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ek, AndersActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ekerot, BengtActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gill, IngaActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
von Sydow, MaxActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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In medieval Sweden a knight returns from war only to find a ravaged homeland. He meets up with a group of travelling players and eventually confronts the embodiment of death with whom he engages in a game of chess 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.

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