Max Von Sydow, in the role that really cemented his career, stars as a disillusioned knight Antonius Block, returning from the crusades in the 14th century. Despite having fought for Christianity he finds his faith has dissipated and searches for proof of Gods existence.Enter Death, Death, with a black cowl and white face, has come to fetch him. Antonius manages to win a respite; he challenges Death to a game of chess. As long as they play, Antonius can live, and should he manage to checkmate Death, he may live a while longer. Antonius is determined to win and use his time to find a concrete sign that God really exists.But no matter what he does, Death follows in his footsteps....
A Knight and his squire are home from the crusades. Black Death is sweeping their country. As they approach home, Death appears to the knight and tells him it is his time. The knight challenges Death to a chess game for his life. The Knight and Death play as the cultural turmoil envelopes the people around them as they try, in different ways, to deal with the upheaval the plague has caused.
Max Von Sydow plays such an amazing and convincing role in this film, i couldnt fault his acting work in this cinematic master peice. Its a great and gripping film that will have you on the edge of the seat, eager to see what happens next, althought a little boring at times, bergman collection on the whole is a great film!
Always considered one of the great masterpieces of cinema and justifyably so. Bergman's Seventh Seal tells a universal story of a knight who finds himself locked in a game of chess with Death. At stake are the life of the knight and lives of a group of peasants. Haunting and hallucinatory and quite quite brilliant.