One of the most hellish,deep-sorrow film experiences I've had. After watching David Holm's horrid, vile deeds the most fantastical element is that he gets reprieve from them. But his bubbling,mad prayer... Lord, please let my soul grow to maturity. those transparency shots!The childhood flashback! (tag Bergman) Oh and those early carriage shots, THE BEACH AND UNDER THE SEA,never have I seen such a thing!
Great special effects, great use of tinting to compliment the scenes, great tour de force spectacle of Sjostrom, who wrote directed and acted. The recent restoration by Criterion is superb. Can't imagine this film looking any better. Puts Kinos work on silents to further shame. The new soundtrack fits perfectly. One of the best silents I have seen, but I prefer Sjostrom's own The Wind in terms of his works. Classic
Probably one of the best silent films I’ve seen. The special effects work well, and there are a couple of heart pounding moments that really are forebearers to thrillers and horror films that would come in the succeeding decades. One in particular scene is a clear influence on “The Shining.” I can also see why this inspired Ingmar Bergman to make films, and can see the affect it had on his outlook and style.
Girato in un claustrofobico bianco e nero, reso magico dai numerosi giochi di luci e ombre, Körkarlen è un grande messaggero di vita, di morte e di speranza. Leggi tutto su: http://insidetheobsidianmirror.blogspot.it/2014/01/korkarlen-il-carretto-fantasma.html
Thought I would include this as a pic for the filmography section. Nothing better suited for New Years eve/day then Sjostrom's The Phantom Carriage in which the last person to die before midnight on New Years Eve must take up the reigns as the Grim Reaper. Haunting silent imagery and a film most accredited to Bergman's career influence. If you ever catch it I can guarantee you will see some beautiful haunting things.