• Certification: PG
  • Country: Sweden
  • Release year: 1957
  • Run time: 96 minutes
  • Genre: Drama, Classic



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96 minutes


DIRECTOR: Ingmar Bergman

WITH: Max von Sydow, Gunnar Björnstrand, Bengt Ekerot, Bibi Andersson

Ingmar Bergman’s masterpiece about a doomed medieval knight who plays chess with Death is one of the great classics of world cinema. Set in the time of the Black Death, it centres on a pensive knight, Antonius Block (Max von Sydow), who returns to Sweden after fighting in the Crusades. Death (Bengt Ekerot) comes to claim him, but Block forestalls his demise by challenging Death to a game of chess … Bergman’s powerful study of faith in crisis features some of the most striking and unforgettable images in cinema history.



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