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Original title Det sjunde inseglet
Film type Feature
Category Fiction
Director
Screenplay
Original work
Production country
Production company
Awards
Classification Allowed from age 11
Dialogue
Swedish release 1957-02-16

Cast

Max von Sydow
riddaren Antonius Block

Gunnar Björnstrand
Blocks väpnare Jöns

Nils Poppe
gycklaren Jof

Bibi Andersson
Mia, Jofs hustru

Bengt Ekerot
Döden

Åke Fridell
Plog, smeden

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Plot summary

A medieval knight plays chess with Death in order to avoid contracting the plague during the time of the Black Death. One of Ingmar Bergman’s most difficult and refused film pitches became...

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Original title
Swedish release title
International title
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Title for Swedish Video release
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Crew

Director
Screenplay
Production Manager
Director of Photography
Music
Choreography
Art Director
Film Editor
Production Mixer
Assistant Director
Script Supervisor
Unit Manager
Still Photographer
Assistant Cameraman
Musical Arrangement
Orchestra Leader
Costume Designer
Make-up / Hair
Boom Operator
Narrator

Cast

Max von Sydow riddaren Antonius Block
Gunnar Björnstrand Blocks väpnare Jöns
Nils Poppe gycklaren Jof
Bibi Andersson Mia, Jofs hustru
Bengt Ekerot Döden
Åke Fridell Plog, smeden
Inga Gill Lisa, Plogs hustru
Erik Strandmark Jonas Skat, gycklartruppens ledare
Bertil Anderberg Raval
Gunnel Lindblom den stumma flickan
Maud Hansson häxan
Inga Landgré Karin, Blocks hustru
Gunnar Olsson kyrkmålaren
Anders Ek munken som talar till de församlade byborna
Lars Lind den unge munken
Benkt-Åke Benktsson köpmannen på värdshuset
Tor Borong en bonde på värdshuset
Gudrun Brost pigan på värdshuset
Harry Asklund värdshusvärden
Ulf Johanson knektarnas anförare
Sten Ardenstam knekt
Gordon Löwenadler knekt
Karl Widh flagellant med kryckor
Tommy Karlsson Mikael, Jof och Mias son
Siv Aleros flagellant
Bengt Gillberg flagellant
Lars Granberg flagellant
Gunlög Hagberg flagellant
Gun Hammargren flagellant
Uno Larsson flagellant
Lennart Lilja flagellant
Monica Lindman flagellant
Helge Sjökvist flagellant
Georg Skarstedt flagellant
Ragnar Sörman flagellant
Lennart Tollén flagellant
Caya Wickström flagellant
Catherine Berg ung kvinna som knäböjer vid flagellantprocessionen
Mona Malm havande ung kvinna vid flagellantprocessionen
Tor Isedal en man
Josef Norman en gammal man på värdshuset
Gösta Prüzelius en man
Fritjof Tall en man
Nils Whiten gammal man som tilltalas av munken vid flagellantprocessionen
Lena Bergman en ung flicka som knäböjer vid flagellantprocessionen

Companies

Production Company AB Svensk Filmindustri
Distributor in Sweden (35 mm) AB Svensk Filmindustri 1957
Stiftelsen Svenska Filminstitutet 1994
Distributor in Sweden (DCP) Stiftelsen Svenska Filminstitutet 2017
Distributor in Sweden (Home Video) Stiftelsen Svenska Filminstitutet 1997
Distributor in Sweden (buy video) Stiftelsen Svenska Filminstitutet 1997
Distributor in Sweden (DVD) SF Home Entertainment 2003
Laboratory FilmTeknik AB

Plot summary

A medieval knight plays chess with Death in order to avoid contracting the plague during the time of the Black Death. One of Ingmar Bergman’s most difficult and refused film pitches became one of the late 1950s most popular works, The Seventh Seal. The cast featured a number of leading Swedish actors of the time, including Max von Sydow, Bibi Andersson, Nils Poppe, Gunnar Björnstrand and Inga Landgré. The film was awarded the Jury’s Special Prize at Cannes, and is one of the most quoted and plagiarized films of all time. The same year (1957), Bergman made one of his most iconic films: Wild Strawberries.

Swedish censorship / rating

Certificate number 205193
Date 2018-02-26
Classification Allowed from age 11


Censorship number 89285
Date 1976-06-15
Classification Allowed from age 15
Original length 2620 meters
Notes Aktlängder: 510-540-540-545-485 = 2620 meter - 96 minuter. Aktlängder: 510, 540, 540, 545, 485.


Censorship number 89285
Date 1963-03-26
Classification Allowed from age 15
Original length 2620 meters
Notes Aktlängder: 510-540-540-545-485 = 2620 meter - 96 minuter. Aktlängder: 510, 540, 540, 545, 485.


Censorship number 89285
Date 1956-12-12
Classification Allowed from age 15
Original length 2620 meters
Notes Aktlängder: 510-540-540-545-485 = 2620 meter - 96 minuter. Aktlängder: 410, 540, 540, 545, 485.


Technical specifications

Aspect ratio 1.37:1
Sound system AGA-Baltic
Width 35 mm
Frames per second 24
Length in metres 2620 meter
Length in minutes 96 min
Reels 5 rullar
Dialogue


Original work

Original title Trämålning (Play)
Author Ingmar Bergman


Production location

1956-07-02 1956-08-24
Filmstaden Råsunda
Hovs hallar, Torekov Båstad
Östanå i Roslags-Kulla Österåker
Viby by Sigtuna
Skeviks grotta i Gustavsberg Värmdö
Skytteholm Ekerö

Release dates

Release in Sweden 1957-02-16 Röda Kvarn Stockholm Sweden 96 min
TV showing 1977-02-05 TV2 Sweden 92 min
1982-04-04 TV2 Sweden 92 min
1989-07-24 TV2 Sweden 92 min
1995-11-03 TV2 Sweden 92 min
1989-07-24 TV2 Sweden 92 min
1998-05-31 SVT1 Sweden 92 min
2003-07-20 SVT2 Sweden 92 min
2000-02-02 HTV-1 Croatia
2005-04-09 SVT2 Sweden 92 min
Video release 1997-01 Sweden 92 min
Other showing 1959 Warszawa Poland
DVD release 2003-11-26 Sweden 92 min
TV showing 2011-01-02 SVT1 Sweden 92 min
2012-02-27 SVT1 Sweden
2016-07-05 SVT1 Sweden
2017-07-03 SVT2 Sweden
Cinematheque screening 2018-05-02 Filmhuset Stockholm Sweden

Soundtrack listing

Original title Hållas mellan rona
Composer Erik Nordgren (1957)
Lyrics Ingmar Bergman (1957)
Singer Gunnar Björnstrand


Original title Det sitter en duva
Composer Erik Nordgren (1957)
Lyrics Ingmar Bergman (1957)
Singer Nils Poppe


Original title Ödet är en rackare
Composer Erik Nordgren (1957)
Lyrics Ingmar Bergman (1957)
Singer Gunnar Björnstrand


Original title Hästen sitter i trädet
Composer Erik Nordgren (1957)
Lyrics Ingmar Bergman (1957)
Singer Nils Poppe
Bibi Andersson


Original title Dies iræ, dies illa
Lyrics Tomas av Celano (latinsk text)
Severin Cavallin (svensk text 1882)
Musical Adaptation Johan Bergman (svensk textbearbetning 1920)
Natanael Beskow (svensk textbearbetning 1920)
Singer kör


Original title Skats sång
Composer Erik Nordgren (1957)
Lyrics Ingmar Bergman (1957)
Singer Erik Strandmark


Awards

Filmbewertungsstelle (Wiesbaden) Wiesbaden 1962 (prädikat: besonders wertvoll)
Nastro d'Argento 1961 (bästa utländska film)
Festival Award Valladolid 1960 (trofeo Federacion Nacional de Cineclubs)
Silver Laurel Award 1959 (the Silver Laurel Medal)
Grand Prix du Film d'Avantgarde 1958
Folket i Bild Magazine Award Stockholm 1957 (silverstatyett)
Stockholm 1957 Gunnar Björnstrand (statyett)
Fickjournalen Magazine Award Stockholm 1957 (bästa film i Fickjournalens favoritomröstning)
Prix Spécial du Jury Cannes 1957 (silverpalmen, t.m. Medan döden vänta /Polen/)
Swedish Film Society Prize Stockholm 1957 (bästa film i kritikeromröstning i SFS:s årsbok)

Holdings Film

The information given here refers to film material in the Swedish Film Institute’s archive. Access to the archive’s stock is given on request, for research, other film archives and rights’ holders.

Element type Print
Gauge 35 mm


Element type Print
Gauge 35 mm


Element type Print
Item base Polyester
Gauge 35 mm
Length 2630


Element type Print
Item base Acetate
Gauge 35 mm
Length 2619


Element type Print
Item base Polyester
Gauge 35 mm
Length 2625


Element type Print
Item base Polyester
Gauge 35 mm
Length 2624


Element type Duplicate negative
Item base Polyester
Gauge 35 mm


Element type Duplicate positive
Gauge 35 mm
Length 2680


Element type Sound negative
Item base Polyester
Gauge 35 mm


Holdings Posters

Size Between 850 x 400 and 850 x 690
Poster title Ingmar Bergmans DET SJUNDE INSEGLET
Tryckeri Zetterlund & Thelanders boktryckeri AB
Designed by Gösta Åberg


Size Between 850 x 700 and 850 x 1100
Poster title Ingmar Bergmans DET SJUNDE INSEGLET
Tryckeri J. Olsén litogr.anst.
Designed by Gösta Åberg


Size Between 850 x 700 and 850 x 1100
Poster title Ingmar Bergmans DET SJUNDE INSEGLET
Tryckeri J. Olsén litogr.anst.


Size Between 850 x 700 and 850 x 1100
Poster title Ingmar Bergmans DET SJUNDE INSEGLET
Tryckeri J. Olsén litogr.anst.
Designed by Bertil Ranke


Size Between 850 x 700 and 850 x 1100
Poster title EL SEPTIMO SELLO
Tryckeri Martin industria grafica
Designed by ? Jano


Size Between 850 x 700 and 850 x 1100
Poster title Réalisé par Ingmar Bergman LE SETIÈME SCEAU
Designed by Bertil Ranke


Size Between 850 x 700 and 850 x 1100
Poster title Ingmar Bergmans DET SJUNDE INSEGLET
Tryckeri Uddeholms Offset
Designed by Bertil Ranke


Size Between 850 x 400 and 850 x 690
Poster title Ingmar Bergmans DET SYVENDE SEGL
Tryckeri Dyva & Jeppesens bogtryckkeri A/S
Designed by Bertil Ranke


Size Less than 850 x 400
Poster title Ingmar Bergmans DET SJUNDE INSEGLET
Tryckeri Zetterlund & Thelanders boktryckeri AB
Designed by Gösta Åberg


Size Between 850 x 400 and 850 x 690
Poster title Ingmar Bergmans DET SJUNDE INSEGLET
Tryckeri Fotopress


Size Between 850 x 400 and 850 x 690
Poster title Ingmar Bergmans DET SJUNDE INSEGLET
Tryckeri Fotopress


Size Between 850 x 400 and 850 x 690
Poster title Ingmar Bergmans DET SJUNDE INSEGLET
Tryckeri Fotopress


Size Between 850 x 400 and 850 x 690
Poster title THE SEVENTH SEAL
Tryckeri Fotopress


Size Between 850 x 700 and 850 x 1100
Poster title THE SEVENTH SEAL
Tryckeri Litho


Holdings Archive materials

Type Costume
Object title Det sjunde inseglet
Extent Dräkt stickad i rött o vitt med luva (3 delar)


Holdings Scripts

Script type Dialoglista
Script title Det sjunde inseglet. En film av Ingmar Bergman.
Extent 28 s. Rollista och produktionsuppgifter (1 s.) ingår.
Language Svenska


Script type Dialoglista
Script title Das siebente Siegel. Ein Film von Ingmar Bergman.
Extent 34 s. Produktionsuppgifter och rollista (1 s.) ingår.
Language Tyska


Script type Inspelningsmanus
Script title Det sjunde inseglet. Film av Ingmar Bergman. 5.6.56.
Extent 128 s.
Language Svenska


Script type Inspelningsmanus
Script title Det sjunde inseglet. Film av Ingmar Bergman. 5.6.56.
Extent 128 s. + 6 s. tillägg och miljölista.
Language Svenska


Script type Dialoglista
Script title Det sjunde inseglet. English subtitles. The seventh seal.
Extent 58 s.
Language Engelska


Holdings Stills

Black and white print SET
Colour prints NEJ
Behind the scenes prints 2
Slides 7
Album Yes


Holdings Promotion materials

Type Program/Promotion material


Type Program/Promotion material
Language Franska


Type Program/Promotion material
Language Svenska


Type Program/Promotion material
Language Svenska


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Technical specifications

Dialogue


Holdings Film

Element type Digital audio
Gauge WAV


Element type Digitalt visningsmaterial
Gauge ProRes


Element type Digitalt arkivmaterial
Gauge MAP


Element type Digitalt visningsmaterial
Gauge DCP


Element type Digital audio
Gauge WAV


Element type Digitalt arkivmaterial
Gauge MAP


Element type Digitalt visningsmaterial
Gauge ProRes


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