The Seventh Seal (Blu-ray, Criterion Collection)

Starring: Gunnar Bjornstrand Director: Ingmar Bergman
The Seventh Seal (Blu-ray, Criterion Collection)
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Blu-ray Disc Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 37 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1957
  • Label: Criterion
  • Special Edition
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono - Swedish
    • Dubbed - English - Optional
    • Subtitles - English
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Woody Allen 1998 Bergman Tribute
    • Documentary:
      1. BERGMAN ISLAND - 2006 / Marie Nyrerod
    • Introduction:
      1. Ingmar Bergman - 2003
    • Additional Audio Material:
      1. Max von Sydow Archival Audio Interview
    • Audio Commentary:
      1. Peter Cowie, Bergman Expert
      2. Afterward To Commentary - Peter Cowie, Bergman Expert
    • Trailers:
      1. Theatrical Trailer
  • Text/Photo Galleries:
    • Filmographies:
      1. Bergman 101 - Bergman video Filmography / Peter Cowie, Narrator

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Starring
Performer: , , , , , , &
Directed by
Edited by
Composition by
Art Direction by
Director of Photography:

Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"Love is the blackest of all plagues."
  - Jöns (Gunnar Björnstrand) to Plog the blacksmith (Ake Fridell)
"No one escapes me."
  - Death (Bengt Ekerot) to Antonius Block (Max Von Sydow)

Major Awards:

Cannes 1957 - Jury Prize

Entertainment Reviews:

USA Today - 02/19/1999
"...Bergman's early masterpiece about a 14th century chess game with Death..."
Entertainment Weekly - 01/11/2002
"...Its metaphysical themes still retain their power..."
Empire - 01/01/2008
5 stars out of 5 -- "Bergman raised the status of post-War cinema as an art form -- he made it as serious as literature or painting or theatre -- and THE SEVENTH SEAL is arguably his finest work."
Uncut - 02/01/2008
4 stars out of 5 -- "[The film] still works as a compelling dramatisation of a philosophical symposium."

Product Description:

Few films have had as large a cultural impact as Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal (Det sjunde inseglet). Disillusioned and exhausted after a decade of battling in the Crusades, a knight (Max von Sydow) encounters Death on a desolate beach and challenges him to a fateful game of chess. Much studied, imitated, even parodied, but never outdone, Bergman's stunning allegory of man's search for meaning was one of the benchmark foreign imports of America's 1950s art house heyday, pushing cinema's boundaries and ushering in a new era of moviegoing.

Product Description:

Few films have had as large a cultural impact as Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal (Det sjunde inseglet). Disillusioned and exhausted after a decade of battling in the Crusades, a knight (Max von Sydow) encounters Death on a desolate beach and challenges him to a fateful game of chess. Much studied, imitated, even parodied, but never outdone, Bergman's stunning allegory of man's search for meaning was one of the benchmark foreign imports of America's 1950s art house heyday, pushing cinema's boundaries and ushering in a new era of moviegoing.

Plot Synopsis:

Ingmar Bergman's best-known movie, THE SEVENTH SEAL is a masterfully executed medieval morality play in which a knight, disillusioned after his return from the Crusades, challenges Death to a game of chess in an effort to delay the hour of his demise. As the game progresses and the knight and his squire journey toward home, the former is reassured of the existence of human decency and spirituality in an often brutal world through his encounter with a family of traveling players. This highly symbolic elegy on mortality and religion is one of the most respected classics of contemporary cinema.

Plot Keywords:

Classic | Competitions | Death | Essential Cinema | Medieval | Recommended | Surreal | Suspense | Theatrical Release | Thriller

Production Notes:

  • Theatrical release: February 16, 1957 (Sweden).
  • Filmed on location at Östanå, Viby, Skevik, Gustafsberg, Skytteholm, and Hovs hallar (Sweden); and at Råsunda Studios.
  • Winner of Special Jury Prize at the 1957 Cannes Film Festival.
  • Winner of the 1958 Grand Prix International du Film d'Avant-garde.
  • Winner of 1959 Finnish Film Journalists Award.
  • Awarded Nastro d'Argento (silver ribbon) for Best Director of a foreign film by the Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists in 1961.
  • The film was based on Bergman's play TRÄMÅLNING ("Wood Painting").
  • THE SEVENTH SEAL was shot in only 35 days, hence Bergman was often forced to rely on his film team's flexibility and improvisation. The famous iconographic closing scene of the film was spontaneously shot within a few minutes, using stand-ins for the actors (who had already left the set for the day), because Bergman was trying to capture a compelling cloud configuration in the evening sky.
  • Nils Poppe, who had been a popular comedic stage actor in Sweden for many years, is seen here (at age 50) in his first dramatic role as Jof, the traveling player.

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