Ingmar Bergman: The Centennial Retrospective - The Seventh Seal

Born a hundred years ago in Uppsala, Sweden, Ingmar Bergman’s passion for observation, storytelling and introspection led him to work tirelessly in many different art forms, right up until his death in 2007 at age 89. Theatre, television, radio and opera all fascinated Bergman, but it was the nearly 50 feature films that he wrote and directed between 1946 and 2003 that will remain not only Bergman’s personal legacy, but also exist as undeniable proof that cinema’s power to touch the human soul is at least equal to that of any art form that has ever existed. Throughout 2018, the DFT will present a selection of Bergman’s masterworks in restored versions, taking their place where they’ve always belonged – on the theatre screen. 

March 17. The Seventh Seal - Disillusioned after his experiences in the Crusades, a knight (Max Von Sydow) encounters Death on a desolate beach and challenges him to a fateful game of chess. Studied, imitated, even parodied, but never outdone, Ingmar Bergman's stunning allegory of man's search for purpose, The Seventh Seal was one of the benchmark foreign imports from America's post-war era. 

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