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The seventh seal

(DVD - 1998 - Swedish)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The seventh seal


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A 14th century Swedish knight returns from the Crusades to find his country ravaged by the plague. The knight encounters Death, personified, and plays chess with him, hoping for time to resolve his own religious doubts and to save a young couple from death.
Title: The seventh seal
[videorecording]
Publisher: [Irvington, N.Y.] :, Criterion Collection,, c1998
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (96 min.) :,sd., b&w ;,4 3/4 in
Notes: Special features: optional audio commentary by film historian Peter Cowie; "Ingmar Bergman : an illustrated filmography" (written by Peter Cowie); original theatrical trailer (with English subtitles); restoration demonstration (3 min.); color bars
Originally released as motion picture in 1957
Based on the play: Trämålning = Painting on wood / by Ingmar Bergman
Summary: A 14th century Swedish knight returns from the Crusades to find his country ravaged by the plague. The knight encounters Death, personified, and plays chess with him, hoping for time to resolve his own religious doubts and to save a young couple from death.
ISBN: 9780780020955
0780020952
Branch Call Number: 7.914 Se
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Report This 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.

Report This 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.

Report This 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.

Report This 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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  • haPPY_FUn_baLL rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

haPPY_FUn_baLL thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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