The Grim Reaper Society

Keeping the human population down for over 600 years

Aug 2007
Ingmar Bergman RIP
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Bergman did not invent the Grim Reaper. However, by making him one of the principal characters of “The Seventh Seal”, released in 1957, the Reaper became a household word among film buffs around the planet.

Grim was portrayed by Bengt Ekerot, who died in 1971. Ekerot became an example followed by many more Reapers. The basic idea of “The Seventh Seal” is, Antonius Block, a knight, returns home from the Crusades to Sweden, and sees people dropping like flies from the Black Death. When Block meets the Reaper, he cuts a deal; they will play a game of chess. If Block wins, his death will be postponed for a few years.

At the risk of giving away too much of the plot here, Block cannot possibly win this matchup. Although the story takes place three centuries before tobacco was introduced to Europe, there’s a lesson for smokers here; you won’t beat the Reaper, either.

One more thing; the people of the Middle Ages didn’t know that Black Death was spread by rats. Most 21st century humans know perfectly well that smoking causes disease and death.

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