The Phantom Carriage

The Phantom Carriage ★★★★

On a technical level The Phantom Carriage is out of this world. I find early filmmaking techniques very fascinating, especially when they're done as brilliantly as this. The way the main character's soul rose from his dead body was eerie to say the least.

The story itself seems to be a product of its time, and although the narrative itself was very well structured, some of the plot points are a bit dubious. Why is the Salvation Army sister so infatuated with David Holm despite his terrible attitude? It doesn't make much sense, but it doesn't take too much away from the experience. At the very least David does learn a lesson during the course of the film, even though the ending was so-so.

I'm glad I watched it, and if I didn't love Victor Sjöström after Ingmar Bergman's Wild Strawberries, I do now. Wonderful film, with a nice little scene that no doubt inspired another great horror scene involving a door, an axe and a terrified woman.

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