The Seventh Seal
Det Sjunde Inseglet
Μυθοπλασία / Fiction Σουηδία / Sweden, 1957, 96′, DCP, Ασπρόμαυρο / Black & White, Με ήχο / Sound, Σουηδικά / Swedish
Σκηνοθεσία – Σενάριο / Direction – Screenplay Ingmar Bergman Φωτογραφία / Cinematography Gunnar Fischer Μοντάζ / Editing Lennart Wallén Μουσική / Music Erik Nordgren Παραγωγή / Production Allan Ekelund Ηθοποιοί / Cast Max von Sydow, Gunnar Björnstrand, Bengt Ekerot, Nils Poppe, Bibi Andersson Προέλευση ταινίας / Film source Svenska Filminstitutet / Swedish Film Institute Αποκατάσταση / Restoration Svenska Filminstitutet / Swedish Film Institute
It is un uneven film which lies close to my heart, because it was made in a surge of vitality and delight [...] The image of the Dance of Death beneath the dark cloud was achieved at hectic speed because most of the actors had finished for the day. Assistants, electricians, a make-up man and two summer visitors, who never knew what it was all about, had to dress up in the costumes of those condemned to death.
Ingmar Bergman, The Magic Lantern, Penguin Books, 1987, p. 274-275
A knight, Block and his squire Jöns return disillusioned from the Crusades to the plague-infested Sweden. Block encounters Death and, in one of the most effective reverse-angle exchanges ever filmed, challenges him to a game of chess, playing for time to perform one significant act in life.