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THE SEVENTH SEAL (PG)
THE SEVENTH SEAL (PG) Monday 11 March 5:30PM
  • Country: Sweden 1957
  • Director: Ingmar Bergman
  • Language: In Swedish with English subtitles
  • Runtime: 1hr 32mins
  • Tickets: £8.50, Conc. £7.50 incl. 50p cmsn.
  • Venue: STUDIO
  • With: Gunnar Bjornstrand, Bengt Ekerot, Nils Poppe, Max von Sydow

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Bergman’s allegory about a medieval knight (Max von Sydow) who plays chess with Death (a white-faced, shrouded figure played by Bengt Ekerot) was a landmark of arthouse cinema in the late 1950s. Taking its title from the Book of Revelation, the film examines the knight’s crisis of faith during a dark period of human history, tackling issues of existential doubt and despair that touched a nerve with audiences living in the aftermath of war.

Filmed in sombre black and white, The Seventh Seal convincingly evokes a 14th-century of dread and superstition and abounds with startling apocalyptic imagery, from a black bird on the wing against stormy skies to the final, silhouetted danse macabre on a hilltop.
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