Life, Death, and The Seventh Seal

Max von Sydow in The Seventh Seal. (Svensk Filmindustri)
What a decades-old Swedish film about death can tell us about how to live.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE W hen actor Max von Sydow died at age 90 earlier this year, it was not the first time he had faced death. In the famous film role that launched a career of them — The Greatest Story Ever Told, The Exorcist, Hannah and Her Sisters, Star Wars, Episode VII: The Force Awakens, and many more — the legendary Swedish performer portrayed a medieval knight who plays a chess match with a personification of Death (Bengt Ekerot), in a bid to extend his own life at its appointed end.

The profile image of an eerie, black-clad figure and a young knight sitting


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