The third film adaptation of Selma Lagerlöf's novel. The drinker David Holm gets killed right on the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve. He will now face the death coachman, which happens to be his old friend.
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
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 »
Don't fret over those poor souls now, Sister Edit. You've done enough for them.
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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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