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The Phantom Carriage

Victor Sjöström

 
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  • Sweden
  • 1921
  • 106 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.37:1
  • Silent
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  • Spine #579

The last person to die on New Year’s Eve before the clock strikes twelve is doomed to take the reins of Death’s chariot and work tirelessly collecting fresh souls for the next year. So says the legend that drives The Phantom Carriage (Körkarlen), directed by the father of Swedish cinema, Victor Sjöström. The story, based on a novel by Nobel Prize winner Selma Lagerlöf, concerns an alcoholic, abusive ne’er-do-well (Sjöström himself) who is shown the error of his ways, and the pure-of-heart Salvation Army sister who believes in his redemption. This extraordinarily rich and innovative silent classic (which inspired Ingmar Bergman to make movies) is a Dickensian ghost story and a deeply moving morality tale, as well as a showcase for groundbreaking special effects.

Cast

David HolmVictor Sjöström
Mrs. HolmHilda Borgström
GeorgesTore Svennberg
Sister EditAstrid Holm
Edit's motherConcordia Selander
Sister MariaLisa Lundholm
GustafssonTor Weijden
David Holm's brotherEinar Axelsson
The first driver of the chariotOlof Ås
Prison chaplainNils Arehn

Credits

DirectorVictor Sjöström
ScriptVictor Sjöström
Based on the novel bySelma Lagerlöf
CinematographyJ. Julius
ProducerCharles Magnusson
Art directionAlexander Bakó and Axel Esbensen

Disc Features

  • New digital restoration, done in collaboration with the Archival Film Collections of the Swedish Film Institute
  • Two scores, one by Swedish composer Matti Bye and the other by the experimental duo KTL
  • Audio commentary featuring film historian Casper Tybjerg
  • Interview with Ingmar Bergman, excerpted from the 1981 documentary Victor Sjöström: A Portrait, by Gösta Werner
  • The Bergman Connection, an original visual essay by film historian and Bergman scholar Peter Cowie on the film’s influence on Bergman
  • Footage of the construction of the Råsunda studio where The Phantom Carriage was the inaugural production
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by screenwriter and filmmaker Paul Mayersberg

    New cover by Christopher Brian King

Film Essays

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Phantom Forms: The Phantom Carriage

By Paul MayersbergSeptember 27, 2011

Internationally, Victor Sjöström is best known for his performance as Professor Isak Borg in . . . Read more »

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The Phantom Carriage

Bergman’s Dreams

By Michael Koresky and Casey MooreOctober 03, 2013

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Press Notes

Press Notes: Best of 2011

January 13, 2012

It’s the time of year when the list makers do their heavy lifting, looking back over the . . . Read more »


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Press Notes: The Phantom Carriage

October 14, 2011

“Often cited as the film that inspired Ingmar Bergman to make movies, The Phantom Carriage . . . Read more »


Photo Galleries

10 Directors On-screen

October 12, 2011


Film Essays

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Phantom Forms: The Phantom Carriage

By Paul MayersbergSeptember 27, 2011

Internationally, Victor Sjöström is best known for his performance as Professor Isak Borg in . . . Read more »

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