When disillusioned Swedish knight Antonius Block returns home from the Crusades to find his country in the grips of the Black Death, he challenges Death to a chess match for his life. Tormented by the belief that God does not exist, Block sets off on a journey, meeting up with traveling players Jof and his wife, Mia, and becoming determined to evade Death long enough to commit one redemptive act while he still lives.
- Genre: Fantasy, Drama
- Studio: SF Studios
- Keyword: chess, countryside, witch, blacksmith, allegory, symbolism, artist, last judgment, crusade, juggler, witch burning, sense of life, dying and death, grim reaper, demon, middle ages, black death, playing chess, death personified, death incarnate, 14th century
- Cast: Max von Sydow, Gunnar Björnstrand, Bengt Ekerot, Nils Poppe, Bibi Andersson, Inga Gill