34. THE SEVENTH SEAL (1957) "Much of the prestige (and, to be fair, the intimidation) that accrues around foreign films can be attributed to this towering Swedish classic?but it?s not as difficult as you might think. Yes, our medieval Crusader hero (a sapling-young Max von Sydow) squares off against Death in a chuckleworthy chess match. Yet the brilliance of Ingmar Bergman?s psychodrama comes in the way it turns its beard-stroking symbology into a gripping experience for anyone with a little curiosity.?JR"