The Seventh Seal (Det Sjunde inseglet)
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In medieval Sweden, a knight returns from war only to find a ravaged homeland. He meets up with a group of travelling players and eventually confronts the embodiment of death with whom he engages in a game of chess.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Bergman's visually striking medieval morality play [was] the work that gained him an international reputation."
‑ Elliott Stein, Village Voice
"It survives today only as an unusually pure example of a typical 50s art-film strategy: the attempt to make the most modern and most popular of art forms acceptable to the intelligentsia by forcing it into an arcane, antique mold."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"The movie is an unbending breakdown of the human soul, and perhaps one of the finest - and most confrontational - ever made."
‑ David Keyes, Cinemaphile.org
"Symbolism-filled classic a tough sell for kids."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"As a youth, perhaps no other film opened my eyes to the wonderful possibilities of cinema as much as The Seventh Seal."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"Film has superior technical narrative, impressive lensing and thesping."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Not only highly impressive but thought-provoking, relevant and intensely moving in our present, nervous, times."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"90 minutes of iconic imagery, some deep questions and a surprising amount of humor. This is Art with a capital A, but that doesn't mean it's not entertaining at the same time, which only makes its artistry even greater."
‑ Scott Nash, Three Movie Buffs
"The Seventh Seal is a film not about the end of time, but the silence between man and God."
‑ Christopher Lloyd, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
"I never realized what an astoundingly beautiful film it was."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Parallax View
"Its view of a seemingly godless landscape in the grip of plague is still bold and frightening."
‑ John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press
"Essentially intellectual, yet emotionally stimulating, too, it is as tough -- and rewarding -- a screen challenge as the moviegoer has had to face this year."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Ingmar Bergman's provocative existential drama was the first to garner him great international attention."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Bergman's film about the actual figure of Death is one of his funniest and, ultimately, most hopeful works."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"Swedish cinema titan Ingmar Bergman's mopey/earthy 1957 breakthrough The Seventh Seal may have done more than any other film to popularize and demonize the notion of world cinema as the boutique of the cultural intelligentsia."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
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