II-Memorable Lines: Det sjunde inseglet (1957)

Posted: September 11, 2009 in Uncategorized

July 2009

Det sjunde inseglet (1957)

The dialogue in this scene from Ingmar Bergman’s masterpiece Det sjunde inseglet (The Seventh Seal) captures the qualms that haunt most individuals at one point in their lives.

Upon his return from the Holy Lands Antonius Block, a weary knight and a crusader, begins to doubt everything that surrounds him and everything that he has achieved.

The tone of Bergman’s 96-minute existential bout, which is based on his own play, Trämålning (Wood Painting), is universal. Anyone watching it is bound to be mesmerized by the depth of the dialogue, and the potency and the authenticity of the imagery that he so brilliantly depicts like a medieval artist.


Max von Sydow…Antonius Block

Bengt Ekerot…Death


Antonius Block:

I want knowledge! Not faith, not assumptions, but knowledge. I want God to stretch out His hand, uncover His face and speak to me.


But He remains silent.

Antonius Block:

I call out to Him in the darkness. But it’s as if no one was there.


Perhaps there isn’t anyone.

Antonius Block:

Then life is a preposterous horror. No man can live faced with Death, knowing everything’s nothingness.


Most people think neither of death nor nothingness.

Antonius Block:

But one day you stand at the edge of life and face darkness.


That day.

Antonius Block:

I understand what you mean.

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