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The Phantom Carriage (1921)

Körkarlen (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Fantasy, Horror | 4 June 1922 (USA)
On New Year's Eve, the driver of a ghostly carriage forces a drunken man to reflect on his selfish, wasted life.

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Hilda Borgström ...
Tore Svennberg ...
Astrid Holm ...
Concordia Selander ...
Lisa Lundholm ...
Tor Weijden ...
Einar Axelsson ...
Olof Ås ...
Nils Aréhn ...
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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Weird, Mysterious, Thrilling Drama of a Human Life, and a Savage Lost Soul. Based Upon an Actual Experience. See more »

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Drama | Fantasy | Horror

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The story is set in the city of Landskrona in the south of Sweden where the author Selma Lagerlöf spent over a decade working as a teacher, and where she wrote some of her first books. See more »

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[first lines]
Maria: Don't fret over those poor souls now, Sister Edit. You've done enough for them.
Edit: Send for David Holm!
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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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