The Seventh Seal (1957)

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Feature Film | Fantasy-Drama | Sweden | Swedish | 1h36m
Dir: Ingmar Bergman | Scr: Ingmar Bergman | Play: Ingmar Bergman | Ph: Gunnar Fischer | Prod: Allan Ekelund | Mus: Erik Nordgren | Ed: Lennart Wallén | PD: P.A. Lundgren | Snd: Lennart Wallin | Cast: Gunnar Björnstrand, Bengt Ekerot, Nils Poppe, Max von Sydow, Bibi Andersson, Inga Gill, Maud Hansson, Inga Landgré, Gunnel Lindblom, Bertil Anderberg, Anders Ek, Åke Fridell, Gunnar Olsson, Erik Strandmark

A venerable knight, travelling back home from the crusades with his trusty squire, challenges the angel of death to a game of chess, with the agreement being that he will be allowed to continue his journey for as long as the game endures – and so he does, across a landscape blighted by plague, picking up various waifs and strays along the way, in Bergman’s masterful fantasy-drama. Excellent performances abound, captured wonderfully by Fischer’s outstanding photography, bringing the Swedish master’s potent and dark yet surprisingly humorous screenplay to life.