The Seventh Seal (1957)

96 min.
Plot  Disillusioned knight Antonius Block (Max von Sydow) and his nihilistic squire Jöns (Gunnar Björnstrand) return after fighting in the Crusades and find Sweden being ravaged by the plague. On the beach immediately after their arrival, The knight encounters Death (Bengt Ekerot), personified as a pale, black-cowled figure resembling a monk. The knight, in the middle of a chess game he has been playing alone, challenges Death to a chess match, believing that he can forestall his demise as long as the game continues. Death agrees, and they start a new game.

The other characters in the story, except for the squire, do not see Death, and when the chess board comes out at various times in the story, they believe the knight is continuing his habit of playing alone.

The knight with his squire heads for his castle. Along the way, they pass some actors, Jof and his wife Mia, with their baby son, Mikael, and their actor-manager, Skat. Jof is also a juggler and has visions of Jesus ...



Max von Sydow
Antonius Block
Gunnel Lindblom
Mute girl


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Det sjunde inseglet
Swedish Original Title
The Seventh Seal
English Title

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