The Seventh Seal (Det Sjunde inseglet)
The Seventh Seal (Det Sjunde inseglet) (1957)

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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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 16, 1957
DVD Release Date: November 17, 2009
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Narratively bold and visually striking, The Seventh Seal brought Ingmar Bergman to the world stage -- and remains every bit as compelling today.

Elliott Stein
Village Voice

Bergman's visually striking medieval morality play [was] the work that gained him an international reputation.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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.

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Fernando F. Croce

Bergman's most iconic expression of existential yoke

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Variety Staff

Film has superior technical narrative, impressive lensing and thesping.

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Wally Hammond
Time Out

Not only highly impressive but thought-provoking, relevant and intensely moving in our present, nervous, times.

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David Keyes

The movie is an unbending breakdown of the human soul, and perhaps one of the finest - and most confrontational - ever made.

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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press

Its view of a seemingly godless landscape in the grip of plague is still bold and frightening.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Essentially intellectual, yet emotionally stimulating, too, it is as tough -- and rewarding -- a screen challenge as the moviegoer has had to face this year.

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Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 93% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
Ingmar Bergman , 1918 - 2007
Kristijonas Fussman
One cannot deny the unsettling and polarizing power of this Ingmar Bergman classic. The haunting visuals alone are enough to send chills through one's… More
Alex roy
Masterful picture directed by Ingmar Berman, The Seventh Seal explores themes in such a way that it makes you reflect. With striking images, incredible acting,… More
Lucas Martins
The Seventh Seal it's the dark representation of a falling country in a terrible time. Which death is the metaphor for all.
Spencer S.
For its time, Ingmar Bergman's iconic "The Seventh Seal" was revolutionary for its blatancy in showing the absence of God but the presence of… More
Kevin M. Williams
What's it all about, Alfie? In a life with pain and torment and Death (yes, that one certain voice in an uncertain existence, yes) everywhere, what is the… More