The Phantom Carriage
Location: Redstone Theater
Dir. Victor Sjöström. 1921, 107 mins. 35mm. With Victor Sjöström, Hilda Borgström, Tore Svennberg. One of the most innovative and influential silent films of all time, this cornerstone of Swedish cinema from Victor Sjöström—best known to international audiences as the star of Ingmar Bergman’s Wild Strawberries—has a brilliant central Dickensian conceit: every New Year’s Eve, Death himself rounds up fresh souls for the afterlife, and the last person to die before the clock strikes twelve must take over the Grim Reaper’s route. From this, star-director Sjöström weaves a tale of one man’s redemption that mixes sentiment and horror, and which inspired filmmakers from Bergman to Kubrick.