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Eye on Sound: The Phantom Carriage (Körkarlen) (Victor Sjöström, SE 1921) (soundwave)

The Phantom Carriage

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Victor Sjöström / SE, 1921 / 106 min.

Sixteen composers composed a new electro-acoustic score for this groundbreaking silent film; Ingmar Bergman’s favourite. This is the premiere of that new score played live by the Metropole Orkest [orchestra].

poster The Phantom Carriage (Körkarlen) (Victor Sjöström, SE 1921)
Renowned silent film based on the book by Selma Lagerlöf (1858 - 1940), the author of The Wonderful Adventures of Nils. Director Sjöström is convincing as a worn out man who pays penance after death for his merciless existence. For a year he has to drive the carriage that collects the souls of the dead. Before starting work, his predecessor gives him a quick tour through time, one which shows him the destruction he wrought. The Phantom Carriage was a groundbreaking film – an Ingmar Bergman favourite – due to the non-linear storyline and the overlapping images (double exposure).

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Victor Sjöström

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106 min.


live music, no dialogue





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Eye on Sound

With Eye on Sound, Eye focuses on the special relationship between image and sound. Expect live music to silent films, live bands from today to classics of yesteryear, brand new scores to films from the versatile Eye collection and special attention to the often neglected art of sound design.

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still The Phantom Carriage (Körkarlen) (Victor Sjöström, SE 1921)
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