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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 ...
David's Companion
Nils Elffors ...
David's Companion
Algot Gunnarsson ...
Worker
Hildur Lithman ...
Worker's wife
John Ekman ...
Police constable
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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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4 June 1922 (USA)  »

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Körkarlen  »

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Director Victor Sjöström disguised himself as a poor man and spent time in the slums of Stockholm in order to prepare for this movie. 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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Best silent movie I've ever seen
11 September 2003 | by (Höör, Sweden) – See all my reviews

The best silent movie I've ever seen. It's so harrowing and perfectly describes the feelings I've had about death, life, love and especially hope. It's optimistic ending makes it even stronger. I cried when I saw this movie the first time, which was the day after my grandfather's death.

He once told me this was the first movie he ever saw, in a cinema, to which there was a 10 kilometers walk in the snow. The cinema used to be so crowded the humidity got so high the walls were completely wet. Naturally I had a lot in mind that day. It wasn't the first time I saw the movie, but the first time I experienced it's meaning completely. I've never seen any silent film like this and that it's silent actually makes it scarier.


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