The Phantom Carriage

The Phantom Carriage ★★★★½

This reminded me a lot like It’s a Wonderful Life, except it’s much more sinister and depressing. Everything has a nice modern feel to it; in particular, the performances and the score haven’t aged one bit. I’m not quite sure if it has intentional jump scares, but one scene made me jump out of my seat as it suddenly shifted its tone without any clear warning. That being said, the score may give you trust issues — but it’s one of the best scores I’ve heard from the 1920s, so the anxiety is worth it. All in all, The Phantom Carriage is a somber silent film that is full of sorrow and despair, but ultimately it fulfills this emotional journey to be worthwhile in the end.

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