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The Seventh Seal 1957 / Det sjunde inseglet film review

The Seventh Seal 1957 film review

The Seventh Seal (1957, Sweden)

Original title
Det sjunde inseglet
Running time
96 minutes
Our rating
★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 7 / 10

The Middle Ages in areas where death and terror are ruling the countryside. Knight returns from the Crusades with his squire. The squire is skeptical, pragmatic and tied to the material side of life, but the knight is riddled with doubts, disappointments and questions about life, death and faith, which he fears he had lost. In a world where everyone seems to be insane, Knight first meets a priest, who is really a Death in disguise, then a traveling family of jugglers who manage to show him the meaning of love and inspire faith in life. Knight played the famous game of chess with Death (the main theme of the film), in which his life is at stake.

Black-and-white film which reflects the spiritual experience and the transformation characters is impressive. Very good acting (Max von Sydow young!) heightens feelings of anxiety and fear. Bergman, as well as other great directors in the 1950s were the precursors of cinema looking inside human soul and conscience. Over the next decade they initiated the transformation of the whole look on cinema - many well-known artists were inspired by that, from Stanley Kubrick to Woody Allen. If you have not seen any Bergman film that you know nothing about cinema.

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Creators of The Seventh Seal

Ingmar Bergman films

Ingmar Bergman


Ingmar Bergman films

Ingmar Bergman


Cast of The Seventh Seal

Max von Sydow films

Max von Sydow

as Antonius Block

Inga Landgre films

Inga Landgre

as Karin

Gunnar Bjornstrand films

Gunnar Bjornstrand

as Jons

Bibi Andersson films

Bibi Andersson

as Mia

Nils Poppe films

Nils Poppe

as Jof

Bengt Ekerot films

Bengt Ekerot

as The Death

Ake Fridell films

Ake Fridell

as Plog

Inga Gill films

Inga Gill

as Lisa

Anders Ek films

Anders Ek

as Monk

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