swedenborg film season 2012 | films by ingmar bergman

The Seventh Seal | 13 September 2012 | 7 pm | Swedenborg Hall

(Det Sjunde Inseglet, 1957) (96 mins)

The Seventh Seal is Bergman’s most famous film, and a seminal event in the history of 20th century cinema. Max von Sydow stars as a 14th century knight named Antonius Block, heading home to Sweden after fighting in the Crusades.

Disillusioned by the misery he has experienced Block concludes that God does not exist, but as he nears home he is visited by Death (Bengt Ekerot), dressed in the traditional black robe. Unwilling to give up the ghost, Block challenges Death to a game of chess. If he wins, he lives— if not, he'll allow Death to claim him.

The Seventh Seal ends with one of the most indelible of all of Bergman's cinematic images: the near-silhouette ‘Dance of Death’. Filmed in Black and white The Seventh Seal has since won multitude of awards, including the Special Jury Prize at the 1957 Cannes Film Festival.

Venue: Swedenborg Hall, 20-21 Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2TH.

NOW FULLY BOOKED. Doors open at 6.30 for a 7 pm start. Admission is free but capacity is limited.

DVD LAUNCH | heaven, hell & other places: a film about emanuel swedenborg

On 13 September 2012, we will be proud to launch HEAVEN, HELL & OTHER PLACES on DVD, a new documentary on Emanuel Swedenborg. Shot on location in London and Stockholm and directed by award-winning filmmakers Cartwright & Jordan, the film hopes to serve as an invaluable introuduction to Swedenborg's life and ideas.

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