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The Phantom Carriage (Silent)

Genres: Silent, Foreign, Drama, Ghosts, Based on Book, Sweden, Criterion Collection, Foreign Drama, Swedish Cinema

Cast: Victor Sjostrom, Hilda Borgstrom, Tore Svennberg, Astrid Holm, Concordia Selander, Lisa Lundholm, Tor Weijden

Director: Victor Sjostrom

Synopsis: The last person to die on New Year's Eve before the clock strikes twelve is doomed to take the reins of Death's chariot and work tirelessly collecting fresh souls for the next year. So says the legend that drives THE PHANTOM CARRIAGE (Körkarlen), directed by the father of Swedish cinema, Victor Sjöström (The Wind), about an alcoholic, abusive ne'er-do-well (Sjöström himself) who is shown the error of his ways and the pure-of-heart Salvation Army sister who believes in his redemption. Based on a novel by Nobel Prize winner Selma Lagerlöf, this extraordinarily rich and innovative silent classic (which inspired Ingmar Bergman to make movies) is a Dickensian ghost story and a deeply moving morality tale, as well as a showcase for groundbreaking special effects.

Language: Silent

Country of Origin: Sweden

Production Year: 1920

Reviews:

  • "The film of all films... One of the major emotional and artistic experiences of my life.", Ingmar Bergman

 The Phantom Carriage (Silent)
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