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Dieguito's avatar


Incredible movie, as amazing as Metropolis and Das Kabinet des Dr Caligari, a must see!!
11 years ago
Jeank's avatar


Kubrick has checked this film literally
6 years 10 months ago
idjutt's avatar


Brilliant movie with a brooding Stephen O'Malley-like soundtrack. Truly one of the best from the silent era.
10 years 5 months ago
essaywhu's avatar


This is one of my favorite silent films and one of the best films of the era. The story is a bit like It's a Wonderful Life or A Christmas Carol. I liked seeing Sjostrom again after seeing him in Bergman's great Wild Strawberries, made nearly 40 years later.
7 years 4 months ago
Siskoid's avatar


The Phantom Carriage is a Swedish silent film that could be New Year's answer to A Christmas Carol. According to a myth, whoever dies first in the new year must drive Death's carriage for that annum. The man selected gets a Scrooge-like chance to visit the people he's hurt, and perhaps make amends. It's a ghost story, but it's also a character study, and a moral fable. Our man David is extremely wicked, and when a saintly woman tries to help him sort out his life, his wickedness even makes her good deeds turn to vinegar. And yet, she persists. This is a story about forgiveness, and its lesson is that since it is never too late to repent, it is never wrong to forgive. Now, it is a little slow in the beginning (and not particularly fast even once it gets going), and it structured around several flashbacks, its structure at times confusing. We don't begin with a complete picture, but things start to make sense moving forward. The picture rewards your patience. And that's a neat folk tale out of which to make a movie.
3 years 3 months ago
crcurran's avatar


So much from so few tools at the time to storytell on screen. Brilliant!
4 years 4 months ago
Inevitable_destiny's avatar


Who cares if its "public domain", our trusted pirate friends, from the bay, will be able to help you anyways.
11 years 8 months ago
Emiam's avatar


But a masterpiece in many ways. A true Swedish classic.
2 years ago
Kublai Khan's avatar

Kublai Khan

David Holm is truly a horrible scoundrel.
2 years 10 months ago
-1flb2-'s avatar


An excellent movie. Very powerful with a message of change and redemption.
6 years 10 months ago
JoeMorrissy's avatar


A truly magnificent movie, one of my favourite silent films.
10 years 7 months ago
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11 years 5 months ago
Storaxe's avatar


I'm not entirely positive how it works, but i'm sure it doesn't work like that. After a certain amount of time every copyright becomes exempt, regardless of who made it, after which it becomes part of the public domain - or something.
11 years 9 months ago
Runar's avatar


Properbly not since the movie was made by Svensk Filmindustri that still exists.
12 years 11 months ago

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