The Phantom Carriage

The Phantom Carriage

  • Director: Victor Sjöström
  • Writer: Selma Lagerlöf,Victor Sjöström
  • Countries of origin: Sweden
  • Language: None, Swedish
  • Release date: June 4, 1922
  • Sound mix: Silent
  • Aspect ratio: 1.33 : 1
  • Also known as: Візник
  • "The Phantom Carriage" is a fantasy drama film produced by Swedish AB Film Industries, directed by Victor Sjöström and starring Victor Sjöström, Torre Svenberg, Astrid Holm, on January 1, 1921 Premiered in Sweden   .
    Based on the novel by Selma Lagerlöf , the film tells the story of David Holm, a homeless man who was chosen by Death to drive a carriage on New Year's Eve, and the pious and kind nun Edith who met David Holm and saved her with her love. The story of David Home and his family   .


    • Release date June 4, 1922
    • Filming locations Svensk Filmindustri, Filmstaden, Råsunda, Stockholms län, Sweden
    • Production companies Svensk Filmindustri (SF)

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    • By Leo 2022-04-06 09:01:07

      Bergman's Favorite Movies

      The Story of the Movie Part 9

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      Intolerance (1921)

      Victor Sjostrom

      As soon as the second stanza of the movie's story came up, I watched two blockbusters "Cabylia" and "Party Dissent" more than 100 years ago. No matter from the setting or the movement of the camera, they were the benchmarks of the movie at that time. They already have...

    • By Camryn 2022-04-06 09:01:07

      the director said

      "Ghostbusters" is based on the director's father, and Sjostrom himself plays David Holm, without any makeup. Many of Lagerlof's novels have been adapted into films, with "The Phantom of the Car" being the most impressive. Sjostrom, through his characters, expresses an attack on moral decay, as well as his protest that the life Lagerlof preached in the original must be bound by a strict creed. The director's rich imagination and creative exploration of the psychological level of the...

    • By Tamara 2022-04-06 09:01:07

      Movie Notes 004: Ghost Carriage

      Narrative and structure (time processing):
      The dying nun wants to see Holm and his wife for the last time. Holm is chatting with people at the cemetery about George. In this flashback, George tells the story of the ghost carriage and talks about himself After speaking, Holm also mentioned that George happened to die on New Year's Day last year. The nun's friend found Holm and asked him to come over. His refusal caused a dispute and was accidentally injured to death. At this time, just on...

    • By Erich 2022-04-06 09:01:07


      The film's beautiful violin soundtrack and fantastic and absurd images create a surreal visual feast. The film's fictional death story is full of religious overtones. Those who have sinned deeply in their lifetime will be taken away by the god of death when the bell rings on New Year's Eve, and they will receive the punishment they deserve. If there is a saying in this story in China, "Good will be rewarded with good and evil will be rewarded with evil". After death, those who have committed...

    • By Kacie 2022-04-06 08:01:01

      Talk: Ghost carriage?

      Stunning, it's hard to imagine this is a masterpiece from the silent film era!

      This is a film that happened exactly 100 years ago, at the beginning of the 20th century, Europe had entered the age of electrification, and all industries were influenced by science. The movie is no exception. Although "Ghost Carriage" is adapted from a novel, director Victor Sjostrom used some technical means of photography, as well as rich film language and expression...

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    • By Cordie 2022-04-10 09:01:09

      On the subject of soul redemption. The superimposed shadow effect that shows the separation of the soul from the body is still used in the old mainland TV series "Journey to the West". The whole paragraph is better divided. The line at the end of the credits: God, let my soul mature before it is harvested. Echoes from the front. Sometimes, I feel that European films have a silent power. They are not as noisy as Hollywood and Hong Kong, and use a slower pace. The soundtrack is also worth...

    • By Clare 2022-04-10 09:01:09

      It's almost a century ago. The atmosphere is so well created, the soundtrack is also praised, and it is said that it is still Bergman's favorite film. Damn, how did you get into trouble with Bergman...

    • By Johann 2022-04-10 09:01:09

      flashbacks within...

    • By Madeline 2022-04-10 09:01:09

      The death is after you , make a deal with...

    • By Demario 2022-04-10 09:01:09

      It is said that Victor Sjöström did not learn badly during his short time in Hollywood.... So is the legendary the wind good or...

    Movie plot

    There is one night out of the ordinary, that is New Year's Eve. The Salvation Army nun Edith suffered from lung disease and was terminally ill. She was unable to continue serving God and had to return to her mother to wait for her final destination. As Edith lay on his deathbed, he called out David Holm's name. David Holm is a drunk, lying in the cemetery, cursing The Phantom Carriage. The owner of The Phantom Carriage is Death, who is...
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    The adaptation of "The Phantom Carriage" had a certain social significance for Sweden, which was alcoholic at the time. Director Victor Sjöström highlighted his deep concern for social and moral issues and a strong sense of participation when adapting this work. Through his characters, the director expresses an attack on moral decay, as well as his protest that the life preached in the original novel must be bound by a strict creed....
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    Movie quotes

    • Georges: I would grant you that reprieve if it would avail you. But you have no power over this man!

    • Georges: You know, David, if I could send a message to mankind, I would send them a New Year's greeting. I would like them to dwell on a single New Year's prayer: 'Lord, please let my soul come to maturity before it is reaped.'

    • Georges: Yes, David. I see what's coming. I'm obliged to watch. I do not shirk my duty.