Detroit Film Theatre


Saturday, April 27, 2013

4:00 PM Detroit Film Theatre

(Sweden/1957—directed by Ingmar Bergman)

As the Black Death wipes out much of the population of Europe, a knight (the 27-year-old Max von Sydow), recently returned from the Crusades, is confronted by the figure of Death. In hopes of extending his life, the knight challenges Death to a game of chess; the challenge is accepted, and Bergman’s magnificent visionary masterpiece is underway. The majesty and boldness of Bergman’s The Seventh Seal has only deepened during the half-century since its creation. Visually, and in terms of the profundity and universality of the themes that it confronts – faith, death, and the very meaning of existence – The Seventh Seal remains one of the most important works of art of the twentieth century, and one of the greatest and most hauntingly unforgettable films in the history of the medium. Jury Prize, Cannes Film Festival. In Swedish with English subtitles. (96 min.)

The Seventh Seal remains Bergman’s great trailblazing masterpiece… it continues to enthrall each new generation.” –Peter Cowie, Ingmar Bergman: A Critical Biography

Saturday, April 27 at 4:00 PM
Special funding provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.