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The Phantom Carriage (1921)

Körkarlen (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Fantasy, Horror | 4 June 1922 (USA)
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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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Victor Sjöström
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Complete credited cast:
Victor Sjöström ... David Holm
Hilda Borgström ... Mrs. Holm
Tore Svennberg ... Georges
Astrid Holm ... Edit
Concordia Selander Concordia Selander ... Edit's Mother
Lisa Lundholm Lisa Lundholm ... Maria
Tor Weijden ... Gustafsson
Einar Axelsson ... David's Brother
Olof Ås Olof Ås ... Driver
Nils Aréhn ... Prison Chaplain
Simon Lindstrand Simon Lindstrand ... David's Companion
Nils Elffors Nils Elffors ... David's Companion
Algot Gunnarsson Algot Gunnarsson ... Worker
Hildur Lithman 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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Drama | Fantasy | Horror

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This film has a 100% rating based on 12 critic reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. See more »

Quotes

[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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Version of Phantom Carriage (1958) See more »

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Best silent movie I've ever seen
11 September 2003 | by peter_olsson_1See 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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Country:

Sweden

Language:

None | Swedish

Release Date:

4 June 1922 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Phantom Carriage See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (original) | (2004 TV)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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