However, this oratorio for doubting voices was also an allegory on Bergman's own religious crisis and his conviction that the world had become gripped by an evil that manifested itself in the form of the atom bomb, which he considered to be the 20th Century's equivalent to the Black Death.Taking its title from the Book of Revelation, The Seventh Seal was a film of pairs and opposites.
Its examination of God's absence from the world and the manner in which humanity had debased worship and indulged persecution linked it into a loose trilogy with The Magician and The Virgin Spring.
Într-adevăr Antonius, cu o mișcare a brațului, lovește piesele de șah în mod intenționat și le face să cadă, susținând că nu mai știe cum erau aranjate.
În acest mod distrage atenția Morții și permite familiei de acrobați să fugă.
Jof and Mia were doubled by Plog the doltish blacksmith and his adulterous wife, Lisa (who sleeps with the troupe's third member, Skat), while the girl whom Jöns delivers from being raped found echo in the waif accused of witchcraft.
Similarly, Raval the wicked seminarist and the flagellants together symbolised the unreformed religiosity that Bergman despised, while the sardonic Squire and the idealistic Knight represented contrasting sides of the director's own spiritual intellect.