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The Seventh Seal

  Not Rated HD

Ingmar Bergman

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Plot Summary

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, The Seventh Seal (Det sjunde inseglet), 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.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 53
  • Fresh: 49
  • Rotten: 4
  • Average Rating: 9.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Essentially intellectual, yet emotionally stimulating, too, it is as tough -- and rewarding -- a screen challenge as the moviegoer has had to face this year. – Bosley Crowther, New York Times, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Film has superior technical narrative, impressive lensing and thesping. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jul 23, 2013

Fresh: Bergman's visually striking medieval morality play [was] the work that gained him an international reputation. – Elliott Stein, Village Voice, Jul 25, 2013

Fresh: This is an uncompromising film, regarding good and evil with the same simplicity and faith as its hero. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Jun 24, 2010

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  • $19.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1957

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