• The Phantom Chariot

    1921. Sweden. Victor Sjöström. Approx. 106 min.

Introduced by Jon Wengström; live musical accompaniment by the Matti Bye ensemble

Saturday, November 7, 2009, 8:00 p.m.

Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1

  • The Phantom Chariot

    1921. Sweden. Directed by Victor Sjöström. Screenplay by Sjöström, based on the novel by Selma Lagerlöf. With Sjöström, Hilda Borgström, Tore Svennberg. A special screening of Sjöström’s silent masterpiece, introduced by Jon Wengström with a hauntingly beautiful original score performed live by the Matti Bye ensemble from Sweden. The Phantom Chariot solidified Sjöström’s reputation in Europe, eventually leading to a career in Hollywood and an unforgettable role in Ingmar Bergman’s Wild Strawberries (1957). Seeking the company of friends and alcohol on New Year’s Eve, David Holm (Sjöström) abandons his impoverished family. As he reflects on a life of miserable misdeeds—portrayed through a series of evocative flashbacks and densely layered photography—he becomes convinced that he will die and be condemned to drive “the Phantom Chariot” in expiation of his sins. Tinted print restored by The Swedish Film Institute. Silent, with Swedish and English intertitles. Approx. 106 min.