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The Phantom Carriage (1920)




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This atmospheric silent film, which depicts a Swedish myth, brings to life the fantasy of a Death coach. Each year the last man who dies is given the responsibility of driving the Death coach the next year.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Horror, Art House & International, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Victor Sjöström
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 26, 2011
Criterion Collection - Official Site


Concordia Selander
as Edith's Mother
Olof Aas
as Driver
Olof Ås
as Driver
Nils Ahrén
as Prison Chaplain
Einar Axelsson
as David's Brother
John Ekman
as Police constable
Anna-Lisa Baude
as Salvation Army Soldi...
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Critic Reviews for The Phantom Carriage

All Critics (7)

The Phantom Carriage is not so much a whole film as it is a filmed collection of ideas, but the manner and enthusiasm to which they are realized is arresting, and hypnotic.

Full Review… | August 1, 2013
David Keyes' Cinema 2000

The Phantom Carriage was quite spiritually and emotionally advanced for its day, comparable to Chaplin's The Kid, from the same year, and to D.W. Griffith.

Full Review… | September 30, 2011
Combustible Celluloid

Using superimposition and double-exposure to bring the rickety wagon and its wretched occupants to ghostly life, The Phantom Carriage balances visual poetry with emotional violence.

Full Review… | September 26, 2011
Total Film

Slower than death itself, but just as spine chilling, this metaphysical morality play feels less like an artefact from a different era than a wintry warning from another world.

Full Review… | September 26, 2011

The double-exposure photography used throughout is a stupefying achievement of its own, an incantation of overlapping worlds and a visualization of the characters' growing awareness of the connection between body and soul.

Full Review… | September 26, 2011

Sjöström's film is not just an early horror, but an argument for the moral validity of cinema itself.

Full Review… | September 26, 2011
Eye for Film

Audience Reviews for The Phantom Carriage

A journey to redemption that is poetic and eerie in equal measures. A silent masterpiece.

Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer

beautiful and spooky, it's like a swedish variation on dickens' 'christmas carol' with a quite sophisticated flashback structure and up to four layers super imposition effects. director victor sjostrom also stars. best of all, it's in public domain and can be found on youtube and internet archive

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

Based on Thy Soul Shall Bear Witness! by Selma Lagerlof, The Phantom Carriage is one of the masterworks of Swedish Cinema. Directed by actor and director Victor Sjostrom, the film inspired Ingar Bergman to make movies, if that tells you anything. The groundbreaking special effects, the Charles Dickens type story and the performances are absolutely amazing. It also influenced people like Stanley Kubrick, most notably in The Shining. I actually hadn't heard of this before but I bought the Criterion Blu-ray release and fell in love with it. For those who have the patience for silent films, this is an amazing film.

Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

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