The Phantom Carriage by director Victor Sjöström
One of the greatest classics of the Scandinavian silent cinema, The Phantom Carriage is based on a legend that the last person to die in a given year must drive the carriage picking up the souls of the dead all throughout the next year. When David Holm (played by director Victor Sjöström) dies in a brawl on New Years' Eve, he seems to be the next candidate for the job; but after reviewing his life, and its many mistakes, he asks that he be given one more chance. The special effects were way ahead of their time, and the passages between the living and ghostly worlds are done with great invention. With live piano accompaniment .
Director Victor Sjöström (in the United States sometimes known as Victor Seastrom) was a film director, screenwriter and actor. He began his career in Sweden, before moving to Hollywood in 1924. Sjöström worked primarily in the silent era; his best known films besides The Phantom Carriage include He Who Gets Slapped (1924) and The Wind (1928). He directed great stars of the day such as Greta Garbo, John Gilbert, Lillian Gish, Lon Chaney, and Norma Shearer. Later in life, he played the leading role in Ingmar Bergman's Wild Strawberries (1957).
The Swedish Silent movie the Phantom Carriage will screen in the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater on March 10 at 6:00 pm.
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