The Phantom Carriage Reviews

August 6, 2019
Filled with images both chilling and entrancing, Sjöström's masterwork is an unforgettable work of art.
November 12, 2018
Whatever the suggestiveness of the fable, the film works on us with the bare palpability of its elements-even of its visual tricks.
October 18, 2016
Despite all the creepiness on display, the film ultimately affirms not the emptiness of death, but rather the importance of life.
October 17, 2016
Multiple superimpositions and double exposures create ghostly effects in Victor Sjostrom's 1920 masterpiece.
October 17, 2016
For all its brilliant and evocative use of double exposure, the most moving piece of technical "trickery" in The Phantom Carriage is a dissolve that turns a family picnic in a lakeside glade into a drunken orgy.
October 17, 2016
One of the key films in the development of expressionist cinema.
August 1, 2013
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.
September 30, 2011
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.
September 26, 2011
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.
September 26, 2011
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.
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.
September 26, 2011
Sjöström's film is not just an early horror, but an argument for the moral validity of cinema itself.
June 21, 2011
Still is impressive technically.
July 2, 2005