The Seventh seal [videorecording] / a Janus Films release ; Svensk Filmindustri presents a film by Ingmar Bergman ; producer, Allan Ekelund ; screenplay writer, Ingmar Bergman ; director, Ingmar Bergman.
Original Swedish title: Sjunde inseglet [videorecording]
[Irvington, N.Y.] : Criterion Collection : Home Vision Cinema, c1998.
Swedish dialogue, with optional English subtitles or English dubbed version, with no subtitles.
DVD; Dolby digital mono.
In medieval Sweden a knight returns from war only to find a ravaged homeland. He meets up with a group of travelling players and eventually confronts the embodiment of death with whom he engages in a game of chess for his life. The knight and Death play as the cultural turmoil envelopes the people around them as they try, in different ways, to deal with the upheaval the plague has caused.
Gunnar Björnstrand, Bengt Ekerot, Nils Poppe, Max Von Sydow, Bibi Andersson, Inga Gill, Maud Hansson, Inga Landgré, Gunnel Lindblom.
Photography, Gunnar Fischer; editor, Lennart Wallén; music, Erik Nordgren.
Originally released as motion picture in 1957. Based on the play Painting on wood, by Ingmar Bergman. "The Classic Collection, a joint venture between Janus Films and Home Vision Cinema"--Container. Special features: audio commentary by film historian Peter Cowie; Ingmar Bergman: an illustrated filmography; theatrical trailer; restoration demonstration.
Acquired for the Penn Libraries with assistance from the Elizabeth Bowers Peck, 1929 Endowment Book Fund.