Ingmar Bergman Double Feature! In THE SEVENTH SEAL, the Black Plague rages all around as medieval knight Max von Sydow plays a game of chess with Death. In THE MAGICIAN, von Sydow plays a 19th-century traveling mesmerist whose magic is put to the test by the cruel, eminently rational royal medical adviser.
Presented in associations with the Swedish Film Institute and the Ingmar Bergman Foundation.
Tickets will be available in April.
THE SEVENTH SEAL
DET SJUNDE INSEGLET
1957, Janus Films, 92 min, Sweden, Dir: Ingmar Bergman
Arguably Ingmar Bergman’s most iconic film and the movie that helped create the international arthouse cinema craze of the 1950s. While the Black Plague rages all around, medieval knight Max von Sydow plays a game of chess with Death … but who will win? Often imitated and parodied but never equaled, THE SEVENTH SEAL is an astonishing, protean masterpiece: a film to storm the gates of Heaven with. Winner of the Special Jury Prize at Cannes. “Bergman’s spiritual quest is at the center of the films he made in the middle of his career. THE SEVENTH SEAL opens that period, in which he asked, again and again, why God seemed absent from the world.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times. In Swedish with English subtitles.
1958, Janus Films, 101 min, Sweden, Dir: Ingmar Bergman
This engaging, brilliantly conceived tale of deceit from one of cinema’s premier illusionists stars Max von Sydow as Dr. Vogler, a 19th-century traveling mesmerist and peddler of potions whose magic is put to the test in Stockholm by the cruel, eminently rational royal medical adviser Dr. Vergérus. The result is a diabolically clever battle of wits that’s both frightening and funny, shot in rich, gorgeously gothic black and white.
Both films in Swedish with English subtitles.