Keywords: Movie culture symbolics God visual culture Visual media film History of the cinema Ingmar Bergman

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Seweryn Leszczyński

he Questions of God and Death in „The Seventh Seal” by Ingmar Bergman

Cite: Seweryn Leszczyński, Problematyka Boga i śmierci w „Siódmej pieczęci” Ingmara Bergmana, "Kultura - Media - Teologia", 2015( 22) nr 6, s. 21-31.

The article presents the questions of God and death in „The Seventh Seal” by Ingmar Bergman. The film shows director’s personal attitude to faith which is looking for. His attitude can be similar to attitude of people nowadays, because these questions refer to the final things, from which we cannot escape. The aim of this article is to point to the problems which can be actual today as well. This masterpiece has a universal meaning and personal also. Film director is faced with the problem of God who will be present in his next films. In the end Bergman doubted and „The Seventh Seal” became the beginning of the process of leaving the heritage of the Lutheran church in which he grew up. This work contains the rich symbolism rooted in Christian culture. The Dance of Death and history of main character who is playing in chess with Death are the key here. The film has a moral nature.

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