Date Time
Sat 31st March 4.30pm
Thurs 5th April 7.45pm

Dir: Ingmar Bergman | Sweden | 1957 | 92 mins | Swedish w/English subtitles
Cast: Max von Sydow, Bibi Andersson, Gunnar Björnstrand, Nils Poppe, Bengt Ekerot

Vividly recreating a medieval world tormented by plague and superstition, Bergman’s classic allegorical drama centres on Antonius Block (Max von Sydow), a disillusioned Swedish knight. Returning home from the Crusades to find his country in the grips of the Black Death, he challenges Death himself (Bengt Ekerot) to a chess match in order to postpone his demise. One of Bergman’s most iconic films, it remains fascinating (and rather touching) as a study of faith in crisis. Packed with powerful images, it punctuates its bleakness with moments of pleasing humour.

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