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The Seventh Seal

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Original title
Det sjunde inseglet (The Seventh Seal)
Year
Running time
96 min.
Country
Sweden Sweden
Director
Screenwriter
Ingmar Bergman
Music
Erik Nordgren
Cinematography
Gunnar Fischer (B&W)
Cast
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Producer
Svensk Filmindustri
Genre
Drama | 14th Century. Middle Ages. Religion. Chess. Pandemic. Cult Movie
Synopsis / Plot
Antonius Block (Max Von Sydow), a knight, returns from a 10-year crusade with his squire, Jöns (Gunnar Björnstrand), to find his homeland ravaged by the plague. When the black-cloaked figure of Death (Bengt Ekerot) appears to claim them, Block, whose war experiences have left him cynical about the existence of God and the afterlife, challenges Death to a game of chess to stall for time and gain some insight into the meaning of life before passing on. The game is intermittently paused and resumed during the journey home while Block and Jöns meet several traveling companions. Block witnesses much suffering and anguish along the way, but also finds evidence of human kindness and love, prompting him to realize that even a single gesture of goodwill might make the long struggle of his existence worthwhile.
Awards
1957: Cannes Film Festival: Jury Special Prize (Ex aequo with "Kanal")
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