Daily Archives: June 23, 2011

The Phantom Carriage (1921)

the phantom carriage dvd coverTCM screened Victor Sjöström’s The Phantom Carriage (1921) as part of the regular “Silent Sunday Nights” feature last week. While the movie’s title seems to promise a Nosferatu-like, mid-silent period creep fest it instead delivers  a melodramatic morality tale about specific social ills of the day – alcohol abuse, domestic violence, the contagion of consumption. Viewers will likely observe a narrative similarity to Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol, but The Phantom Carriage is distinctly Swedish. The script is based on the novel Thy Soul Shall Bear Witness! by Nobel-prize winning Swedish author Selma Lagerlöf, who was specifically commissioned by a Swedish association to write about tuberculosis and its prevention. Read the rest of this entry

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