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The Seventh Seal


Max von Sydow, Gunnar BjŲrnstrand, Bengt Ekerot, Nils Poppe View All


Ingmar Bergman (Director), Ingmar Bergman (Screenplay) View All

Released: Feb. 16th, 1957
Runtime: 1 hour, 36 minutes
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.
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This scene is about five minutes long yet, if I remember correctly, Block isnít in it. We arenít given a reason why he isnít there so the scene is pointless.
And maybe, in the brave new world that has emerged in the wake of 9/11, it can speak to a new generation.
The Crusade Bergman performs an admirable balancing act between his childhood dedication to a God-guided world and his emerging beliefs in a one-strike-and-you're-out reality.