The Phantom Carriage

The Phantom Carriage ★★★★

An extremely well executed morality tale about a sinner who wishes to be better. Not exactly the most revolutionizing thing when it comes to story, but it's about as well carried out as one gets and that's the important part. Sjoström plays his character with a haunting sadness to him. We don't particularly like him at any point, but the story humanizes him to an amazing extent and it's hard to not feel for him. Asides from that I was blown away by how strikingly amazing the film looks. So many of the silent era films aspire to be more than the medium allowed them to be at the time, while a film like this achieves the heights that the medium allowed you to achieve at the time, which is why the film stands the test of time much better than many others.