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The Phantom Carriage (1921)

Körkarlen (original title)
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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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Cast

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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Storyline

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

Certificate:

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Country:

Sweden

Language:

Swedish

Release Date:

4 June 1922 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Phantom Carriage See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Svensk Filmindustri (SF) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(original) | (2004 TV)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

On 15 April 2005 the Norwegian heavy psychedelic rock-band WE made a live soundtrack to the movie while screening it in the atrium at Studentersamfundet in Trondheim. They wore cloaks and vocalist Thomas Felberg sang/wailed the written passages in between scenes. 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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Referenced in Bildmakarna (2000) See more »

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Much said without words.
29 March 2006 | by Aesir-AalessoenerSee all my reviews

Much said without words.

This is an excellent movie. It was made in color-not color as in today's films, but a special mono-color use (with shadings) that portrayed meaning, mood, sense and time. It should be seen in color, as it becomes an entirely different film. The story, by Nobel prize-winner Selma Lagerlöf, is effectively presented. One never has a clear sense of real, memory or phantom. Changes going on in Swedish society at the time are subtly layered. Most highly recommend. Try to rent it or find it on-line. I saw it in a Swedish film class and I want to add it to my film library.


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