THE SEVENTH SEAL (Det sjunde inseglet) (1957) ****
D: Ingmar Bergman. S: Max Von Sydow, Nils Popper, Bibbi Andersson, Bengt Ekerot
A knight returns from the Crusades, to a land ravaged by the Black Plague, a shell of a man. He seeks answers to help bring him perspective and understanding. He's been shaken by the Crusades and needs to know there is purpose and meaning to it all.
Upon his return he finds himself in a chess match with the Grim Reaper. As long as they play he is permitted to continue on his business but when the game ends it is his time.
We follow Block on his quest and the many citizens he meets along the way.
This is a truly haunting film. It is at times fascinating and even funny. Thought provoking and full of religious allegory without being preachy.
The film is open to interpretation which is sure to be different for every viewer. Forget the parodies you may have seen, it's time to see the film that inspired all of them. Damn right!!!