Focus – 100 Years of Ingmar Bergman.
The Seventh Seal (Det sjunde inseglet)
28th March | 07:00 PM
Dir. Marie Nyreröd
Synopsis: As the film opens, a knight, Antonius Blok, and his squire, Jöns, have just returned from the Crusades to a Sweden being ravaged by the plague. As they journey toward his castle, the knight struggles to forestall Death in a game of chess. He encounters a trio of wandering players -Jof, Mia, and Skat- and conducts them through the forest to avoid the plague. Subsequently, he diverts Death’s attention so that Jof and Mia can escape with their baby while he and his company are trapped in his castle and forced to join in the Dance of Death.
Then I flew down to see the head of Svensk Filmindustri, Carl Anders Dymling. I found him sitting in a hotel room in Cannes, overexcited and out of control, selling Smiles of a Summer Night dirt cheap to any horse trader who happened to show up. […] I placed the refused screenplay for The Seventh Seal in his lap and said, ’Now or never, Carl Anders!’ He said, ’Sure, sure, but I have to read it first.’ ’You must have already read it since you turned it down.’ ’That’s true, but maybe I didn’t read it carefully enough – Ingmar Bergman
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