Responsibility and Destiny in Ingmar Bergman's "The Seventh Seal" This film study will analyze the dilemma of religion and individual responsibility in the chess scene of Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal. Existentialism in Bergman’s film is defined in the clever move by the knight that knocks down the chess pieces in order to save the lives of Jof, Mia, and their son. Camus, Sartre and other existentialist philosophers argue that the knight can be a victim of institutional thought or that the he can take his own moral to combat death in the chess game. When Death reorders the chess pieces, the knight soon learns of the meaningful responsibility of being free from religion as a framework for his life’s meaning. In the scene where the...The end:
.....e importance of existential freedom to chose one’s own path and to even deceive the doomed predestination that Death tries to impose on the knight. It also acts as a catalyst to transform the knight from a passive spectator of Christian destiny and of his passive relationship with God into a man that left these beliefs in a single act of freedom. While Death takes the lives of those it encounters, the knight has allowed himself to see the world beyond God, religion or other ideas he has about “death” by acting through his own will in knocking over the chess pieces to save the lives of the actor’s family. Works Cited: Litch, Mary. Philosophy Through Film. New York: Routledge, 2002. The Seventh Seal. Dir. Ingmar Bergman. Perfs. Max Von Sydow.