The Seventh Seal

The Seventh Seal

Max von Sydow
Director: Ingmar Bergman Cast: Max von Sydow
Max von Sydow
, Gunnar Björnstrand
Gunnar Björnstrand
, Bengt Ekerot
Bengt Ekerot
Ingmar Bergman

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Overview

Endlessly imitated and parodied, Ingmar Bergman's landmark art movie The Seventh Seal (Det Sjunde Inseglet) retains its ability to hold an audience spellbound. Bergman regular Max von Sydow stars as a 14th century knight named Antonius Block, wearily heading home after ten years' worth of combat. Disillusioned by unending war, plague, and misery Block has concluded that God does not exist. As he trudges across the wilderness, Block is visited by Death (Bengt Ekerot), garbed in the traditional black robe. Unwilling to give up the ghost, Block challenges Death to a game of chess. If he wins, he lives -- if not, he'll allow Death to claim him. As they play, the knight and the Grim Reaper get into a spirited discussion over whether or not God exists. To recount all that happens next would diminish the impact of the film itself; we can observe that The Seventh Seal ends with one of the most indelible of all of Bergman's cinematic images: the near-silhouette "Dance of Death." Considered by some as the apotheosis of all Ingmar Bergman films (other likely candidates for that honor include Wild Strawberries and Persona), and certainly one of the most influential European art movies, The Seventh Seal won a multitude of awards, including the Special Jury Prize at the 1957 Cannes Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/16/2009
UPC: 0715515044615
Original Release: 1957
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: A
Presentation: [B&W]
Sound: [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 1:37:00
Sales rank: 5,966

Special Features

Introduction by Ingmar Bergman, recorded in 2003; Audio commentary by Bergman expert Peter Cowie with new afterword; Bergman Island (2006), an 83-minute documentary on Bergman by journalist Marie Nyreröd, featuring in-depth and revealing interviews with the director; Archival audio interview with Max Von Sydow; A 1989 tribute to Bergman by filmmaker Woody Allen; Bergman 101, a selected video filmography tracing Bergman's career, narrated by Cowie; Theatrical Trailer; A booklet featuring an essay by critic Gary Giddins

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Max von Sydow The Knight, Antonius Block
Gunnar Björnstrand Jons
Bengt Ekerot Death
Nils Poppe Jof
Bibi Andersson Mia
Åke Fridell Blacksmith Plog
Inga Gill Lisa
Inga Landgre Block's Wife
Maud Hansson The Witch, Tyan
Gunnel Lindblom The Girl
Bertil Anderberg Raval
Anders Ek The Monk
Gunnar Olsson Church Painter
Erik Strandmark Jonas Skat
Benkt-Ake Benktsson The landlord
Tor Borong Farmer at inn
Gudrun Brost Woman at inn
Ulf Johansson Knight leader
Lars Lind Young Monk

Technical Credits
Ingmar Bergman Director,Screenwriter
Evald Andersson Special Effects
Sixten Ehrling Musical Direction/Supervision
Allan Ekelund Producer
Else Fischer Choreography
Gunnar Fischer Cinematographer
Manne Lindholm Costumes/Costume Designer
P.A. Lundgren Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Carl M. Lundh Makeup
Nila Nittle Makeup
Erik Nordgren Score Composer
Lennart Wallen Editor

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