The Phantom Carriage

The Phantom Carriage

Victor Sjöström (1920)



Our Score
Vastly superior to Julien Duvivier's 1939 (La Charrette) remake, Victor Sjöström's eerie adaptation of Selma Lagerlöf's novel about the feckless husband whose 11th-hour redemption spares him the onerous duty of soul-taking is one of the key films in the development of expressionist cinema. The sermon on the demon power of drink could have come from a DW Griffith short. But Sjöström's inspired use of superimposition and time frames is infinitely more sophisticated. Indeed, it was a little too ingenious, as he was forced to simplify the structure to make the various flashbacks and visions more accessible for contemporary audiences.

Cast & Crew

David Holm Victor Sjöström
Mrs Holm Hilda Borgström
Georges Tore Svennberg
Edit Astrid Holm
Maria Lisa Lundholm
Gustafsson Tor Weijden
Edit's mother Concordia Selander
David Holm's brother Einar Axelsson
Fängelsepredikant Nils Arehn
David's companion Simon Lindstrand
Driver Olof As
David's companion Nils Elffors
Director Victor Sjöström
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Other Information

Black and whiteAvailable on: video and DVD