Spooky Double Feature I: Frankenstein (1910)/The Phantom Carriage (1921)

I didn’t know that Thomas Edison made a Frankenstein movie. Not only that, it was actually the first film adaptation of Mary Shelley’s novel.

Per IMDb, it was considered lost but an original nitrate print turned up in Wisconsin during the 1970s. Frankenstein’s quality today is not that great, unfortunately, but both it and today’s main feature, The Phantom Carriage, do have soundtracks.

Ladies and gentleman, watch a screen legend being born!

 

 

And now, from Sweden, here is our main feature, The Phantom Carriage! (Just so you’re not caught unawares at the very last title card, the word “Slut” means “End” in Swedish, apparently.)

Per the Criterion Collection:

The last person to die on New Year’s Eve before the clock strikes twelve is doomed to take the reins of Death’s chariot and work tirelessly collecting fresh souls for the next year. So says the legend that drives The Phantom Carriage (Körkarlen), directed by the father of Swedish cinema, Victor Sjöström. The story, based on a novel by Nobel Prize winner Selma Lagerlöf, concerns an alcoholic, abusive ne’er-do-well (Sjöström himself) who is shown the error of his ways, and the pure-of-heart Salvation Army sister who believes in his redemption. This extraordinarily rich and innovative silent classic (which inspired Ingmar Bergman to make movies) is a Dickensian ghost story and a deeply moving morality tale, as well as a showcase for groundbreaking special effects.

 

 



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