The Seventh Seal

The Seventh Seal (1957)

The story of a challenge to death

  • Genre: Fantasy, Drama
  • Release Date: 1957-02-16
  • User Rating: 8.1/10 from 2869 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 36min
  • Language: svenska
  • Production Company: SF Studios
  • Production Country: Sweden
  • Director: Ingmar Bergman
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When disillusioned Swedish knight Antonius Block returns home from the Crusades to find his country in the grips of the Black Death, he challenges Death to a chess match for his life. Tormented by the belief that God does not exist, Block sets off on a journey, meeting up with traveling players Jof and his wife, Mia, and becoming determined to evade Death long enough to commit one redemptive act while he still lives.

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  • Max von Sydow

    as Antonius Block
  • Bengt Ekerot

    as Death
  • Gunnar Björnstrand

    as Jöns
  • Nils Poppe

    as Jof
  • Bibi Andersson

    as Mia
  • Inga Landgré

    as Karin
  • Åke Fridell

    as Plog
  • Inga Gill

    as Lisa
  • Maud Hansson

    as Witch
  • Gunnel Lindblom

    as Mute Girl
  • Bertil Anderberg

    as Raval
  • Anders Ek

    as Monk
  • Gunnar Olsson

    as Albertus Pictor
  • Erik Strandmark

    as Jonas Skat
  • Lars Lind

    as Young Monk (uncredited)
  • Benkt-Åke Benktsson

    as Merchant at Inn (uncredited)
  • Tor Borong

    as Farmer at Inn (uncredited)
  • Gudrun Brost

    as Woman at Inn (uncredited)
  • Harry Asklund

    as Landlord (uncredited)
  • Ulf Johansson

    as Knight Commander (uncredited)
  • Sten Ardenstam

    as Knight (uncredited)
  • Gordon Löwenadler

    as Knight (uncredited)
  • Karl Widh

    as Man with Crutches (uncredited)
  • Tommy Karlsson

    as Mikael (uncredited)
  • Siv Aleros

    as Flagellant (uncredited)
  • Bengt Gillberg

    as Flagellant (uncredited)
  • Lars Granberg

    as Flagellant (uncredited)
  • Gunlög Hagberg

    as Flagellant (uncredited)
  • Gun Hammargren

    as Flagellant (uncredited)
  • Uno Larsson

    as Flagellant (uncredited)
  • Lennart Lilja

    as Flagellant (uncredited)
  • Monica Lindman

    as Flagellant (uncredited)
  • Helge Sjökvist

    as Flagellant (uncredited)
  • Georg Skarstedt

    as Flagellant (uncredited)
  • Ragnar Sörman

    as Flagellant (uncredited)
  • Lennart Tollén

    as Flagellant (uncredited)
  • Caya Wickström

    as Flagellant (uncredited)
  • Catherine Berg

    as Young Kneeling Woman (uncredited)
  • Mona Malm

    as Young Pregnant Woman (uncredited)
  • Tor Isedal

    as Man (uncredited)
  • Josef Norman

    as Old Man at Inn (uncredited)
  • Gösta Prüzelius

    as Man (uncredited)
  • Fritjof Tall

    as Man (uncredited)
  • Nils Whiten

    as Old Man Addressed by Monk (uncredited)
  • Lena Bergman

    as Young Kneeling Woman (uncredited)
  • Marc Smith

    as Blacksmith Plog (voice)
Sound Erik Nordgren Original Music Composer
Camera Gunnar Fischer Director of Photography
Writing Ingmar Bergman Screenplay
Editing Lennart Wallén Editor
Production Allan Ekelund Producer
Costume & Make-Up Manne Lindholm Costume Design
Directing Ingmar Bergman Director
Art P.A. Lundgren Production Design
Costume & Make-Up Nils Nittel Makeup Artist
Sound Lennart Wallin Sound
Sound Aaby Wedin Sound
Directing Lennart Olsson Assistant Director
Camera Åke Nilsson Assistant Camera
Sound Sixten Ehrling Conductor
Crew Else Fisher Choreographer
Sound Evald Andersson Sound Effects
Production Carl-Henry Cagarp Unit Manager
Directing Katinka Faragó Script Supervisor