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Det sjunde inseglet (The Seventh Seal). 1957. Swededn. Written and directed by Ingmar Bergman. With Gunnar Björnstrand, Bengt Ekerot, Nils Poppe, Max von Sydow, Bibi Andersson. In Swedish; English subtitles. 96 min.
Arguably Ingmar Bergman’s most influential film, The Seventh Seal defined what was meant by “an art film” on its release and has been a staple on the repertory cinema circuit since Samuel R. Delany was a teenaged moviegoer. Set in the Medieval period during a time of war and plague, the sparring between a troubled knight and the figure of Death crystallized in the image of the film’s iconic chess game. Praised and satirized for over half a century, the film has challenged audiences to consider their humanity, their faith, and the meaning of life.
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