A knight by a black sea, playing chess with Death—we witness early on in The Seventh Seal one of cinema’s most iconic images. This existential and allegorical tale of man’s searching for meaning and God is long hailed as one of the great classics of world cinema.
Set during the Black Death, this seriocomic medieval masterpiece tells the story of a wandering knight (Gunnar Björnstrand), returning home from the Crusades, who encounters Death (Bengt Ekerot) personified. To forestall his end, he challenges Death to a simple game of chess. This clever conceit buys him just a bit of time to dive into life’s deepest question: to what purpose are we put on this earth? This earnestly soul-searching quest is accompanied by some of cinema’s most powerful and enduring images.
The Seventh Seal is widely considered by critics to be one of the most important works of cinema ever made.
Part of the Swedish Film Festival 2018: 100 Years Of Ingmar Bergman