The Seventh Seal (Det sjunde inseglet)
Directed by Ingmar Bergman
Sunday, September 9, 3 pm
Returning exhausted from the Crusades to find medieval Sweden gripped by the Plague, a knight (Max von Sydow) suddenly finds himself face-to-face with the hooded figure of Death and challenges him to a game of chess. As the fateful game progresses, and the knight and his squire encounter a gallery of outcasts from a society in despair, Bergman mounts a profound inquiry into the nature of faith and the torment of mortality. One of the most influential films of its time, The Seventh Seal is a stunning allegory of man’s search for meaning and is a work of stark visual poetry. 1957, Sweden, 35mm, in Swedish with English subtitles, 96 minutes. Recommended for 12+.
Part of: Ingmar Bergman’s Cinema in the 1950s and 1960s: A Centennial Retrospective
No name is more synonymous with the postwar explosion of international art-house cinema than Ingmar Bergman, a master storyteller who startled the world with his stark intensity and naked pursuit of the most profound metaphysical and spiritual questions. In a career that spanned six decades, Bergman directed dozens of films in an astonishing array of tones, ranging from comedies whose lightness and complexity belie their brooding hearts, to groundbreaking formal experiments and excruciatingly intimate explorations of family relationships. This series focuses on his prolific period of filmmaking in the 1950s and 60s as his international renown grew.