The Seventh Seal

(Ingmar Bergman, Sweden, 1957)


Poor Ingmar Bergman! He was once a Film Festival darling in the burgeoning era of art cinema. For many individuals, he is the director who provides the first, revelatory encounter with the sacred mysteries of the medium.

But Bergman's sad destiny is to be disowned publicly by every hip critic from Pauline Kael to John Flaus, and privately by every film buff who moves on to other, less sanctified pleasures.

Is it time to reclaim Bergman from Woody Allen, and rediscover his intricately textured, complexly constructed symbolic dramas? Watch this renowned allegorical tale of a knight (Max von Sydow) playing chess with Death (Bengt Ekerot), and find out.

MORE Bergman: Summer with Monika

© Adrian Martin January 1993

Film Critic: Adrian Martin
home    reviews    essays    search