Naughty aka Juli Norwood’s review published on Letterboxd:
Film #13 of the "Scavenger Hunt" Challenge!
Task #8 : A Foreign Film!
The opening scene on the beach is visually stunning! Max von Sydow plays Antonius Block a knight whom after many years as returned from fighting in the crusades!
With the black death engulfing all those around him melancholy washes over him prompting him to contemplate the meaning of his life, death and whether or not god exists for god is silent!
Man seeks God not the other way round which confounds Antonius! However unlike God death seeks us one by one and comes for Antonius but he is quick on his feet and delays his inevitable death by inviting death to play chess!
I was particularly enamored with all scenes involving Max von Sydow (Antonius Block) and Bengt Ekerot (Death) While thought provoking it was rewarding on so many different levels! I found it to be one of Bergman's more accessible films!