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Medieval Art in the Seventh Seal

Painting has long been an inspiration to Bergman. In its early stages, The Seventh Seal was called ‘Painting on Wood’, and was a one-act play directed on a national radio broadcast. It was the first of three very successful productions, and is the story of an unnamed knight returning from a crusade to the Holy Land. Once back, he and his squire meet a girl who tells them the plague is ravaging the countryside. The medieval Sweden portrayed in this movie includes creative errors. The last Swedish crusade took place in 1293 and the Black Death . . .

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Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.