The Phantom Carriage

The Phantom Carriage ★★★★½

I want to be good, but no one believes me. Is it any wonder I cry?
-David Holm

Incredible film that starts off with a few drunks telling of a legend and ends up being a story of redemption for a man through a woman that refused to give up on him.

The movie is also incredibly ambitious. I'm always amazed when watching films from the 1920s to see how some directors were not satisfied to just use the technology at their disposal to tell a story, which should be amazing enough for the times, but instead push it beyond what anyone thought capable of at the time and developing unheard of story structures like flashbacks within flashbacks.

Every time I thought the film was winding down, going for what I thought would be the logical conclusion it would strip away another layer through a flashback showing a new perspective on events. It's a great movie, but it's also brilliant storytelling. Just the legend of the last person to die on New Year's Eve has to drive the Phantom Carriage for the entire next year would have been plenty of material for a film, but that's simply one tool in telling it's story.

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Horroctober VI: DuLac of the Dead

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