“And the strict master Death bids them dance. He wants them to hold hands and to tread the dance in a long line. At the head goes the strict master with the scythe and the hourglass.” Skip in the video below to about the 5:20 mark to see one of cinema’s most evocative depictions of death. Brief and observed at a distance, the “dance macabre” of Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal shows Death getting his due, as Death always must. Set during the Black Death, the film has an aura of plague that lingers over it like a miasma.