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The Seventh Seal

The Seventh Seal (1957)

When disillusioned Swedish knight Antonius Block returns home from the Crusades to find his country in the grips of the Black Death, he challenges Death to a chess match for his life. Tormented by the belief that God does not exist, Block sets off on a journey, meeting up with traveling players Jof and his wife, Mia, and becoming determined to evade Death long enough to commit one redemptive act while he still lives.

Plot Keywords: chess, countryside, witch, blacksmith, allegory, symbolism, artist, last judgment, pest, crusade, juggler, witch burning, sense of life, dying and death, grim reaper, demon, middle ages, black death, playing chess, death personified, death incarnate, 14th century

Original TitleDet sjunde inseglet
DirectorIngmar Bergman
WriterIngmar Bergman
Production CompanySF Studios
Production CountrySweden
Spoken Languagesvenska

Alternate Titles

Le 7ème sceau
El séptimo sello
Yedinci Mühür