Ingmar Bergman

The Seventh Seal

The Seventh Seal

Returning exhausted from the Crusades to find medieval Sweden gripped by the Plague, a knight (Max von Sydow) suddenly comes 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, Ingmar 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 a work of stark visual poetry.

Film Info

  • Sweden
  • 1957
  • 97 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.37:1
  • Swedish
  • Spine #11

4K UHD + Blu-ray Special Edition Features

  • 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • One 4K UHD disc of the film and one Blu-ray with the film and special features
  • Introduction from 2003 by director Ingmar Bergman
  • Audio commentary and video afterword by Bergman expert Peter Cowie
  • Bergman Island (2006), a feature-length documentary on Bergman by Marie Nyreröd
  • Audio interview from 1998 with actor Max von Sydow
  • Tribute to Bergman from 1989 by filmmaker Woody Allen
  • Bergman 101, a selected video filmography tracing Bergman’s career, narrated by Cowie
  • Trailer
  • Optional English-dubbed soundtrack
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Gary Giddins

    Cover by Neil Kellerhouse

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Collector's Set

Ingmar Bergman’s Cinema

Ingmar Bergman’s Cinema

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Essential Art House: 50 Years of Janus Films

Essential Art House: 50 Years of Janus Films

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50 Discs

$650.00

Out Of Print

4K UHD + Blu-ray Special Edition Features

  • 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • One 4K UHD disc of the film and one Blu-ray with the film and special features
  • Introduction from 2003 by director Ingmar Bergman
  • Audio commentary and video afterword by Bergman expert Peter Cowie
  • Bergman Island (2006), a feature-length documentary on Bergman by Marie Nyreröd
  • Audio interview from 1998 with actor Max von Sydow
  • Tribute to Bergman from 1989 by filmmaker Woody Allen
  • Bergman 101, a selected video filmography tracing Bergman’s career, narrated by Cowie
  • Trailer
  • Optional English-dubbed soundtrack
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Gary Giddins

    Cover by Neil Kellerhouse
The Seventh Seal
Cast
Max von Sydow
Antonius Block, the knight
Inga Landgré
Karin, the knight's wife
Gunnar Björnstrand
Jöns, the squire
Nils Poppe
Jof (Joseph)
Bibi Andersson
Mia (Mary)
Bengt Ekerot
Death
Åke Fridell
Plog, the smith
Inga Gill
Lisa, Plog's wife
Credits
Director
Ingmar Bergman
Cinematography
Gunnar Fischer
Screenplay
Ingmar Bergman
Music
Erik Nordgren
Editing
Lennart Wallén

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Ingmar Bergman

Writer, Director

Ingmar Bergman
Ingmar Bergman

The Swedish auteur began his artistic career in the theater but eventually navigated toward film—"the great adventure," as he called it—initially as a screenwriter and then as a director. Simply put, in the fifties and sixties, the name Ingmar Bergman was synonymous with European art cinema. Yet his incredible run of successes in that era—including The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries, and The Virgin Spring, haunting black-and-white elegies on the nature of God and death—merely paved the way for a long and continuously dazzling career that would take him from the daring “Silence of God” trilogy (Through a Glass Darkly, Winter Light, The Silence) to the existential terrors of Cries and Whispers to the family epic Fanny and Alexander, with which he “retired” from the cinema. Bergman died in July 2007, leaving behind one of the richest bodies of work in the history of cinema.