In the opening scene of The Seventh Seal (1957), the figure of Death approaches the returned Crusader Antonius Block, who sits alone on the beach, waves crashing beyond him. Death introduces himself, explains that he has walked beside Block for a long time, and it is now time to come with him. Very well, Block says – “My body is afraid, but I am not.”
All my life, I have felt like someone stuck high on the edge of a cliff overlooking the sea. At first it was an adventure to reach these solitary heights. Now, I realize just how lonely it has been. Only, I’m too afraid to move away from the edge. I’ve lived here for so long – the loneliness is all I know.