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Ingmar Bergman Focus

The Seventh Seal

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Bergman’s classic drama features a knight who tries to outwit Death.

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Sweden 1957
Dir Ingmar Bergman
With Max von Sydow, Gunnar Björnstrand, Bengt Ekerot, Bibi Andersson
English subtitles
Certificate PG

Vividly recreating a medieval world tormented by plague and superstition, Bergman’s allegorical drama – centred on a knight (von Sydow) returned from the Crusades who challenges Death to a game of chess in order to postpone his demise – remains fascinating (and finally rather touching) as a study of faith in crisis. Full of powerful images, it punctuates its bleakness with moments of pleasingly pawky humour.

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