The Seventh Seal (Det Sjunde inseglet)


The Seventh Seal (Det Sjunde inseglet)

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Narratively bold and visually striking, The Seventh Seal brought Ingmar Bergman to the world stage -- and remains every bit as compelling today.



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Disillusioned and exhausted after a decade of battling in the Crusades, a knight (Max von Sydow) encounters Death on a desolate beach and challenges him to a fateful game of chess.

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  • You can hunt about in the history of the cinema and bring up a distant cousin or two for Bergman's great work. Yet, when all the delving is done, this film remains something quite distinct, a wonderful film which is not quite like any other.

    Mar 21, 2018 | Full Review…
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  • Bergman's visually striking medieval morality play [was] the work that gained him an international reputation.

    Jul 23, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Film has superior technical narrative, impressive lensing and thesping.

    Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…

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  • Its view of a seemingly godless landscape in the grip of plague is still bold and frightening.

    Dec 7, 2007 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • It survives today only as an unusually pure example of a typical 50s art-film strategy: the attempt to make the most modern and most popular of art forms acceptable to the intelligentsia by forcing it into an arcane, antique mold.

    Jul 30, 2007 | Full Review…
  • The Seventh Seal is an existentialist masterpiece packed with stunning symbolism and mordant humour. It's also far more accessible that you might think. Go see it. Or else.

    Jul 20, 2007 | Full Review…

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