An epic depiction of man’s struggle with faith, Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal explores humanity in an wholly unique and intimate manner.
The Seventh Seal follows Antonius Block (Max von Sydow) and squire, Jöns (Gunnar Björnstrand) as they return to their native lands after the Crusades. On the shores of a serene ocean, Block meets a cloaked figure who identifies himself as Death. Unafraid, Block confidently challenges Death to a game of chess; after which the victor will decide his fate. With the end of his life looming in the distance, Block struggles to find a purpose to life. He struggles with faith and the absence of god’s presence after committing atrocities in the name of his chosen religion. The film follows Block on his journey, and introduces a diverse throng of followers who accompany him in his travels: a carefree juggler and his performer wife, the cuckold blacksmith and his less-than-monogamous wife, and the ever-loyal yet cynical squire. As the eclectic group moves through the forest, Death ever present, they are each tested in their faith, and their moral fiber.