If you have never seen The Seventh Seal – then watch it. A tortured medieval knight is played by a very young Max von Sydow, who you may have seen in The Minority Report and other movies. In this scene, he plays a game of chess with Death in order to remain alive. It’s a Swedish movie with subtitles but don’t let that put you off.
A tale of two Swedish knights now. If you know any Swedes – and I do – they do enjoy a gloomy, thoughtful movie with a dark, apocalyptic flavour. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo should have convinced you of that.
You will all, I hope, have seen Arn – the Swedish film about the Templar knight. I enclose a link at the end of this post in case you haven’t. But many younger Templar fans may never have seen The Seventh Seal – an older Swedish movie directed by Ingmar Bergman and much beloved by Woody Allen, of all people.
The Seventh Seal is the story of a knight, Antonius Block, returning from the Holy Land who has lost his faith in God. I won’t spoil the plot but it’s worth seeing. Great visuals and needless to say, the knight meets Death himself by a windswept sea. He challenges Death to a game of chess to allow him more time to do “one more meaningful thing”
This is the trailer for The Seventh Seal and I recommend:
If you haven’t seen Arn The Knight Templar – shame on you – here’s the trailer and get hold of it ASAP.