The seventh seal

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Endlessly imitated and parodied, Ingmar Bergman's landmark art movie The Seventh Seal (Det Sjunde Inseglet) retains its ability to hold an audience spellbound. Bergman regular Max von Sydow stars as a 14th century knight named Antonius Block, wearily heading home after ten years' worth of combat. Disillusioned by unending war, plague, and misery Block has concluded that God does not exist. As he trudges across the wilderness, Block is visited by Death (Bengt Ekerot), garbed in the traditional black robe. Unwilling to give up the ghost, Block challenges Death to a game of chess. If he wins, he lives -- if not, he'll allow Death to claim him. As they play, the knight and the Grim Reaper get into a spirited discussion over whether or not God exists. To recount all that happens next would diminish the impact of the film itself; we can observe that The Seventh Seal ends with one of the most indelible of all of Bergman's cinematic images: the near-silhouette "Dance of Death." Considered by some as the apotheosis of all Ingmar Bergman films (other likely candidates for that honor include Wild Strawberries and Persona), and certainly one of the most influential European art movies, The Seventh Seal won a multitude of awards, including the Special Jury Prize at the 1957 Cannes Film Festival. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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auth_author2 Anderberg, Bertil, 1913-1991., Andersson, Bibi, 1935-, Bergman, Ingmar, 1918-2007., Björnstrand, Gunnar, 1909-1986., Ek, Anders, 1916-1979., Ekerot, Bengt., Fridell, Åke, 1919-1985., Gill, Inga., Hansson, Maud, 1937-, Landgré, Inga, 1927-, Lindblom, Gunnel, 1931-, Nordgren, Erik., Olsson, Gunnar, 1904-1983., Poppe, Nils., Strandmark, Erik, 1919-1963., Sydow, Max von, 1929-
author2-role Anderberg, Bertil,1913-1991., Andersson, Bibi,1935-, Bergman, Ingmar,1918-2007., Björnstrand, Gunnar,1909-1986., Criterion Collection (Firm), Ek, Anders,1916-1979., Ekerot, Bengt., Fridell, Åke,1919-1985., Gill, Inga., Hansson, Maud,1937-, Landgré, Inga,1927-, Lindblom, Gunnel,1931-, Nordgren, Erik., Olsson, Gunnar,1904-1983., Poppe, Nils., Strandmark, Erik,1919-1963., Svensk filmindustri., Sydow, Max von,1929-
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display_description Antonius Block is a knight, who along with his squire, are returning 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. Antonius challenges Death to a chess game for his life. Antonius and Death play as the cultural turmoil envelopes the people around them as they try, in different ways, to deal with the upheaval that the plague has caused.
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subject_facet Action and adventure films, Black Death -- Drama, Chess -- End games -- Drama, Civilization, Medieval -- Drama, Crusades -- Drama, Death -- Drama, Drama, Fantasy films, Feature films, Knights and knighthood -- Drama
title_display The seventh seal
title_full The seventh seal [videorecording] / A.B. Svensk Filmindustri ; director and scenarist, Ingmar Bergman
title_short The seventh seal
topic_facet Black Death, Chess, Civilization, Medieval, Crusades, Death, End games, Knights and knighthood
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