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The seventh seal

(DVD - 2009 - Swedish)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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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.
Statement of Responsibility: A.B. Svensk Filmindustri ; director and scenarist, Ingmar Bergman
Title: The seventh seal
[videorecording]
Publisher: [Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, [2009]
Edition: Special ed
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (97 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet.
Notes: Title from container
Originally released as a motion picture in 1957
Special features: Disc one: Introduction by Ingmar Bergman, recorded in 2003; audio commentary by Bergman expert Peter Cowie, with a new afterword; archival audio interview with Max von Sydow; a 1989 tribute to Bergman by filmmaker Woody Allen; theatrical trailer. Disc two: "Bergman Island:" (2006), an 83-minute documentary on Bergman by journalist Marie Nyreröd, featuring in-depth and revealing interviews with the director; "Bergman 101:" a selection video filmography tracing Bergman's career, narrated by Cowie. Booklet features an essay by critic Gary Giddins
Credits: Photography, Gunnar Fischer ; editor, Lennart Wallén ; music, Erik Nordgren.
Performers: Gunnar Björnstrand, Bengt Ekerot, Nils Poppe, Max Von Sydow, Bibi Andersson, Inga Gill, Maud Hansson, Inga Landgré, Gunnel Lindblom, Bertil Anderberg, Anders Ek, Åke Fridell, Gunnar Olsson, Erik Standmark.
Summary: 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.
System Details: DVD, region 1, full screen (1.33:1); Dolby Digital mono., new, restored High-Definition digital transfer, NTSC
Terms Of Use: These DVD discs are copy protected
Other Language: Swedish dialogue, English subtitles
Subject Headings: Knights and knighthood Drama Civilization, Medieval Drama Crusades Drama Death Drama Chess End games Drama Black Death Drama
Genre/Form: Fantasy films
Adventure films
Feature films
Topical Term: Knights and knighthood
Civilization, Medieval
Crusades
Death
Chess
Black Death
Alternate Title: Sjunde inseglet
Publisher No: CC1802D
ISBN: 9781604651416
Branch Call Number: Swe DVD MOVIE S
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Sep 08, 2014
  • atomkrieg rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Solid acting, jarring soundtrack, impressive cinematography combined with an original storyline with a very morose ending (a unique characteristic of most Swedish films) make this a very influential film and a benchmark in Swedish cinema.

Aug 08, 2013
  • xaipe rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The story of a medieval knight and a game of chess he plays with Death during a time when the Black Plague swept the land. There is no "storyline." The narrative exists in a larger structure of images or allegories made literal. I saw this more years ago than I can remember and yet certain images remain vivid in my memory: the image of Death and the Knight playing chess, and the final scene of the Dance of Death. It was parodied by Woody Allen who also greatly admired it. Rich in images and allegories, but not for the faint-hearted. Its challenge to the existence of God is dated, but still relevant. So many films since its release are derivative, so worth watching for cinephiles.

Scott Walker did a song about the film around 1969. Same title. He tells the story of the knight in five dramatic minutes. You might like it.

If you are interested we talked about this movie at the Carlingwood Library Film Club. We discuss three movies a month and we meet on the 2nd Tuesday of the Month.

Apr 04, 2013
  • cerasokelso rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Interesting concept, however I found it slow and boring, luckily the movie wasn't that long.

Nov 20, 2012
  • yumsushi rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Though full of symbolism and an important message, I found the overall presentation boring.

Jan 31, 2011
  • durogoff rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An absolute masterpiece. Bergman proved that you can do philosophy with a camera.
Outstanding!

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