There's a specter making its way around medieval Europe-the dark specter of death. Epidemics are decimating the population, and acts of violence are widespread. As if the atmosphere weren't already oppressive enough, a procession of flagellates is wandering from village to village to remind ordinary people that the end awaits everyone. A knight named Antonius Block, returning home from the Crusades along with his squire, is all too aware of the volatility of life. Time and again, he is visited by the black-clad Grim Reaper, and they play chess together, as the knight tries to delay the moment when darkness will fall irrevocably. Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal is a fable about confronting death. In an article written after Bergman's death, American film critic J. Hoberman calls this famous film an openly existential spectacle, a costume version of Camus' The Plague.
Cannes IFF 1957 – Jury Special Prize
Ingmar Bergman was one of the most important filmmakers in the history of artistic cinema. Born in 1918, he died in 2007 on the very same day that another legend passed away, Michelangelo Antonioni. He began his career in the film industry by correcting screenplays for others. He gained directorial experience as an assistant to Alf Sjöberg on Torment, for which he wrote the script. He made his directorial debut with Crisis. He gained international fame thanks to Smiles of a Summer Night, and then cemented his position with The SeventhSeal and Wild Strawberries, filmed shortly thereafter. The coming years and decades brought him even more success. He regularly worked with cinematographer Sven Nykvist and actors such as Harriet Andersson, Bibi Andersson, Liv Ullmann and Max von Sydow. He also worked in the theater.
1946 Kryzys / Kris / Crisis
1953 Wakacje z Moniką / Sommaren med Monika / Summer with Monika
1955 Uśmiech nocy / Sommarnattens leende / Smiles of a Summer Night
1957 Siódma pieczęć / Det sjunde inseglet / The Seventh Seal
1957 Tam, gdzie rosną poziomki / Smultronstället / Wild Strawberries
1960 Źródło / Jungfrukällan / The Virgin Spring
1961 Jak w zwierciadle / Såsom i en spegel / Through a Glass Darkly
1972 Szepty i krzyki / Viskningar och rop / Cries and Whispers
1973 Sceny z życia małżeńskiego / Scener ur ett äktenskap / Scenes from a Marriage (TV)
1977 Jajo węża / The Serpent's Egg
1978 Jesienna sonata / Höstsonaten / Autumn Sonata
1983 Fanny i Aleksander / Fanny och Alexander / Fanny and Alexander (TV)
2003 Sarabanda / Saraband (TV)