The Seventh Seal


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The Seventh Seal
Det Sjunde inseglet | Ingmar Bergman, 1957
Sweden | 96 minutes

Bergman's medieval morality play struck the international film world like a bolt of lightning and made its creator world-famous. Returning to a Sweden besieged by the plague of the 14th century, a disillusioned knight (Max Von Sydow), only to discover that Death has come for him as well. Film history’s most famous high-stakes chess game ensues.

“On the screen, one does poetry or one does prose. Usually you can tell the difference, clearly. Persona and The Seventh Seal are poetry.”

—Woody Allen

Series: Janus Films Classics

Venue: Walter Reade Theater

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