The Phantom Carriage

The Phantom Carriage ★★★★

When Selma Lagerlöf wrote the novel which this film is based on, she so did because she actually was «hired» to write an informational essay about the dangers of tuberculosis. Because she struggled with non-fiction she therefore turned the whole thing into a novel.

The adaptation is very good. Apparently Ingmar Bergman watched this film over one hundred times, and many of his films bears influence from it (like the physical manifestation of Death in The Seventh Seal).
Victor Sjöström does an excellent job both behind and in front of the camera. Many of the techniques used were innovative and creative for the time and are used to good effect. His best effort still is as the antagonist David Holm, this is an excellent performance by Sjöström. It's among the best acting I have seen in such an old film. He convinces in the role as the mean and evil drunk who lives a lifetime (literally) doing no good.

End note: Perhaps a film where I could have lived with the DVD edition. There are limitations to how good a 90 year old film will look, maybe the scratches got a bit sharper...

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