Bergman's treatise on life, death, and redemptionA Potpourri of Vestiges Review
|The Seventh Seal (1957) - Original Title: Det sjunde inseglet - By Ingmar Bergman|
Our Rating: 10.0
IMDb Ratings: 8.4
Genre: Drama | Fantasy
Cast: Max von Sydow, Gunnar Björnstrand, Bengt Ekerot
Language: Swedish | Latin
Runtime: 96 min
Color: Black and White
Summary: A Knight and his squire are home from the crusades. Black Death is sweeping their country. As they approach home, Death appears to the knight and tells him it is his time. The knight challenges Death to a chess game for his life. The Knight and Death play as the cultural turmoil envelopes the people around them as they try, in different ways, to deal with the upheaval the plague has caused.
The Seventh Seal is a 1957 motion-picture written and directed by legendary Swedish filmmaker Ernst Ingmar Bergman. The movie is based on a play called ‘Wood Painting’ written by Bergman himself. ‘The Seven Seals’ is a phrase in the Book of Revelation that refers to seven symbolic seals that secure the book that John of Patmos saw in his Revelation of Jesus Christ. Upon the opening of each seal—by the only one worthy of opening it, who’s referred to as the “Lamb”—either a judgment is released or an apocalyptic event occurs. The Seventh Seal begins by quoting the following excerpt from the Book of Revelation: “And when the Lamb had opened the seventh seal there was silence in heaven about the space half of an hour. And the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.” In ‘The Seventh Seal’, Ingmar Bergman portrays this silence, momentary but alarming, as a metaphor for the indifference of the Creator of mankind and the whole of cosmos towards His creation.
|The Seventh Seal: The Death rendezvouses The Knight|
|The Seventh Seal: The Knight Antonius Bloc|
|The Knight Antonius Block and The Squire Jons|
|The Artist Paints the Fresco of Dance of Death|
|Actors Jof and Wife Mia Perform to their Audience|
|The Flagellants Imitate the Dance of Death|
|Antonius Block Savors a Bowl of Fresh Milk|
|The Seventh Seal: Death on the Prowl|
|Swedish Maestro Ingmar Bergman|
|The Seventh Seal: A Girl Being Condemned to Death|
|The Knight and Squire Witness the Immolation|
|Theologian Raval Succumbs to The Black Plague|
|Gunnar Bjornstrand as 'The Pastor' in The Winter Light|
|Bibi Anderson (Left) and Liv Ullman in Persona|
|The Seventh Seal Finale: Dance of Death|
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