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This edition: The Seventh Seal

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Episode Details

(1957/Sweden, 96 min., b&w, fantasy-drama, in Swedish with English subtitles) Dir.: Ingmar Bergman. Cast: Max von Sydow, Gunnar Björnstrand, Bengt Ekerot, Nils Poppe, Bibi Andersson. 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. Distributor: Janus Films. Discussion guest: Gary Giddins, CUNY Graduate Center.

Guest List

Gary Giddins The Graduate Center/CUNY