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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... David Holm
... Mrs. Holm
... Georges
... Edit
Concordia Selander ... Edit's Mother
Lisa Lundholm ... Maria
Tor Weijden ... Gustafsson
... David's Brother
Olof Ås ... Driver
... Prison Chaplain
Simon Lindstrand ... David's Companion
Nils Elffors ... David's Companion
Algot Gunnarsson ... Worker
Hildur Lithman ... Worker's Wife
... 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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Like an avenging Nemesis, the spirit of a pure woman came out of the infinite to regenerate a soul that was black and steeped in sin. (Print ad- Sunday Times,((Sydney NSW)) 21 August 1921) See more »

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Drama | Fantasy | Horror

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4 June 1922 (USA)  »

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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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[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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Best silent movie I've ever seen
11 September 2003 | by 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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