The Seventh Seal (Det Sjunde inseglet)
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Endlessly imitated and parodied, Ingmar Bergman's landmark art movie The Seventh Seal (Det Sjunde Inseglet) retains its ability to hold an audience spellbound. Bergman regular Max von Sydow stars as a 14th century knight named Antonius Block, wearily heading home after ten years' worth of combat. Disillusioned by unending war, plague, and misery Block has concluded that God does not exist. As he trudges across the wilderness, Block is visited by Death (Bengt Ekerot), garbed in the traditional black robe. Unwilling to give up the ghost, Block challenges Death to a game of chess. If he… More

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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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