Returning home from the Crusades, Swedish knight Antonius Block and his squire Jöns find the land ravaged by the plague. Block finds that people everywhere are living in fear believing it is God’s punishment and that the end has come. Block has lost his faith and is looking for answers so when Death comes for him the knight challenges him to a game of chess. The countryside is bleak and many search for answers though none seem to be found. Block makes it to his home and believes he has the upper hand – but Death will have his way.
(Plot summary by garykmcd)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
Writer: Ingmar Bergman (play), Ingmar Bergman (screenplay)
Editor: Lennart Wallén
90to5 Editor: Shay J. Katz
90to5 Editor Bio: I’m a filmmaker and editor for more than 25 years. During the years, I worked on almost every possible genre and served as a concept artist, music editor, colourist, video-artist and more. However, I consider myself first and foremost an editor.
I chose a masterpiece by Ingmar Bergman, one of the greatest filmmakers ever lived. I took a song by Scott Walker (a fascinating musician who I adore), released in 1967 (10 years after the release of the film), paying a tribute to the film and telling its story in less than 5 minutes. The film is obviously much bigger than the narrative as conveyed in the song. It’s a whole philosophic essay, but I thought it could be an interesting artistic act to marry them together and this is the end result. The original title I gave my cut was “When Walker Met Bergman – ‘The Seventh Seal’ Revisited”.
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