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The Phantom Carriage (1921)
"Körkarlen" (original title)

 -  Drama | Fantasy | Horror  -  4 June 1922 (USA)
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It's New Year's Eve. Three drunkards evoke a legend. The legend tells that the last person to die in a year, if he is a great sinner, will have to drive during the whole year the Phantom ... See full summary »

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Hilda Borgström ...
Tore Svennberg ...
Astrid Holm ...
Concordia Selander ...
Lisa Lundholm ...
Tor Weijden ...
Einar Axelsson ...
David's Brother
Olof Ås ...
Driver
Nils Aréhn ...
Prison Chaplain
Simon Lindstrand ...
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Nils Elffors ...
David's Companion
Algot Gunnarsson ...
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Hildur Lithman ...
Worker's wife
John Ekman ...
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It's New Year's Eve. Three drunkards evoke a legend. The legend tells that the last person to die in a year, if he is a great sinner, will have to drive during the whole year the Phantom Chariot, the one that picks up the souls of the dead... David Holm, one of the three drunkards, dies at the last stroke of midnight... Written by Yepok

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Director Victor Sjöström traveled up to author Selma Lagerlöf's house in Mårbacka to read the scenario out loud. He acted out the whole screenplay in front of her before crashing down on a sofa, totally exhausted. She looked at the director for a long time and then asked he would care for a drink. That was her seal of approval. See more »

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David Holm: What can I do? What are the words, the prayer - the words?
David Holm: [prays] A sinner whose lips are stained with wickedness, asks, beseeches - Oh, break me, crush me, only save these three innocent ones!
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A FANTASTIC silent film!
2 June 2003 | by (S. Bound Brook, NJ.) – See all my reviews

This, unfortunately, is a little-known film.....i say "unfortunately", because it ranks up there with the "classics" of the American silent screen!

It's about a legend of a "phantom chariot" that travells all over the world, picking up the souls of those who have died. The legend says tha the last person to die on New Year's Eve is condemned to drive the chariot for the next whole year.

It brings to mind the sequence of the "Ghost of Future Yet To Come" in Dicken's famous "Christmas Carol".

The double-exposure effects of the ghosts (esp. when they interact with the "live" people) are EXCELLENT!

If you love silent films, you MUST see THIS; it will "blow you away"!

Norm Vogel

Norm's Old Movie Heaven http://www.nvogel.com/film/film.html


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