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Titles

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Swedish release title
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Title for Swedish Video release
Title for Swedish DVD release

Crew

Director
Screenplay
Production Manager
Director of Photography
Art Director
Assistant Director
First Assistant Cameraman
Color Timer
Negative Cutter
Orchestra Leader

Cast

Victor Sjöström David Holm
Hilda Borgström Anna Holm, hans fru
Tore Svennberg Georges, Davids vän, körkarl
Astrid Holm syster Edit, slumsyster
Concordia Selander Edits mor
Lisa Lundholm syster Maria, slumsyster
Einar Axelsson Davids yngre bror
Nils Arehn fängelsepredikanten
Olof Ås den första körkarlen
Tor Weijden Gustafsson, frälsningssoldat
Simon Lindstrand Davids supkamrat på kyrkogården
Nils Elffors Davids supkamrat på kyrkogården
Josua Bengtson ena kortspelaren
Bror Berger andra kortspelaren
Algot Gunnarsson en arbetare på krogen
Hildur Lithman arbetarhustrun på krogen
Emmy Albiin kvinna med lungsot
Mona Geijer-Falkner servitris på krogen
Helga Brofeldt servitris på krogen
Signe Wirff servitris på krogen
Anna-Lisa Baude frälsningssoldat med gitarr i sångkören
Arthur Natorp frälsningssoldat vid välkomstmötet
Frida Dahlskog frälsningssoldat
Erik Bergman frälsningssoldat vid välkomstmötet
Björn "Nalle" Halldén äldre flintskallig man på bänken bakom David Holms vid välkomstmötet
Elof Ahrle ung man på Frälsningsarméns välkomstmöte
Edvin Adolphson en man med mustasch på krogen
Carl-Harald en man med skägg och vegamössa på krogen
- Ej identifierad:
John Ekman poliskonstapel

Companies

Production Company AB Svensk Filmindustri
Distributor in Sweden (35 mm) AB Svenska Biografteaterns Filmbyrå 1921
Distributor in Sweden (DCP) Stiftelsen Svenska Filminstitutet 2015
Distributor in Sweden (Video) Stiftelsen Svenska Filminstitutet 1998
Distributor in Sweden (buy video) Stiftelsen Svenska Filminstitutet 1998
Distributor in Sweden (DVD) SF Home Entertainment 2008
Laboratory AB Svensk Filmindustris filmlaboratorium

Plot summary

Victor Sjöström’s iconic film adaptation of Selma Lagerlöf’s Thy Soul Shall Bear Witness! concerns the incorrigible drunkard David Holm, appointed as the driver of Death’s carriage early on in the film. The Phantom Carriage was advanced and ground-breaking in both technical and narrative terms. Sjöström, inspired by the novel’s themes of conversion and morality, its supernatural elements and its complex narrative structure, created a filmic version with complicated flashbacks, dissolves and double and triple exposures. The acting provided by Victor Sjöström, Hilda Borgström and Astrid Holm, incredibly realistic for the time, contributed to the captivating end result.

The Phantom Carriage has long been placed in the upper echelons of the international film canon, and is considered one of the central works from the golden age of Swedish cinema, which began in 1917 with Sjöström’s A Man There Was and ended with Mauritz Stiller’s The Saga of Gösta Berling, featuring Greta Garbo.

Swedish censorship / rating

Certificate number 204081
Date 2016-11-14
Classification Allowed from age 7


Censorship number 25849
Date 1952
Classification Allowed from age 15
Original length 721 meters
Notes Aktlängder: 125-157-135-148-156 = 721 meter.


Censorship number 25849
Date 1951
Classification Allowed from age 15
Original length 718 meters
Notes Aktlängder: 125-157-135-148-156 = 721 meter.


Technical specifications

Aspect ratio 1.33:1
Width 35 mm
Frames per second 18
Length in metres 2129 meter
Length in minutes 103 min
Reels 5 rullar


Original work

Original title Körkarlen (Novel)
Author Selma Lagerlöf


Production location

Sweden 1920-05-18 1920-07
Filmstaden Råsunda (ateljé)
Råsunda (exteriörer)

Release dates

Release in Sweden 1921-01-01 Cosmorama Göteborg Sweden 103 min
1921-01-01 Röda Kvarn Stockholm Sweden 103 min
TV showing 1978-03-31 TV1 Sweden 101 min
1998-11-01 SVT2 Sweden 101 min
2002-11-19 SVT1 Sweden 101 min
2004-09-20 SVT1 Sweden 101 min
2006-02-06 SVT1 Sweden 101 min
First showing 1921-01-01 Cosmorama Göteborg Sweden 103 min
1921-01-01 Röda Kvarn Stockholm Sweden 103 min
Video release 1998-10 Sweden 101 min
Cinemateksvisning, arkivkopia 1998-03-20 Bio Victor Sjöström Stockholm Sweden 105 min (Visning av restaurerad kopia med specialskriven musik av Matti Bye. Kapellmästare: Daniel Bingert. Musiker: Matti Bye, Anna Lindal, Staffan Larson, Mats Olofsson, Tony Bauer, Michael Blair, Ivo Nilsson, Andreas Edlund, Ingrid Lindskog)
DVD release 2008-03-20 Sweden
Festival showing 2013-03-15 Spegeln A Malmö Sweden 107 min BUFF filmfestival, 2013.
2017-02-02 Göteborgs Konserthus Göteborg Sweden 103 min Göteborg Film Festival 2017

Soundtrack listing

Original title Musik i urval


Selma Lagerlöf 1858-1958 (1958) Citation included from The Phantom Carriage (1921)
Från spex till sex (1971) Citation included from The Phantom Carriage (1921)
Victor Sjöström - ett porträtt av Gösta Werner (1981) Citation included from The Phantom Carriage (1921)
Klassiska svenska filmer (1959) Citation included from The Phantom Carriage (1921)
Bildmakarna (2000) Citation included from The Phantom Carriage (1921)
Selma Lagerlöf 80 år (1938) Citation included from The Phantom Carriage (1921)

Holdings Film

The information given here refers to film material in the Swedish Film Institute’s archive. Access to the archive’s stock is given on request, for research, other film archives and rights’ holders.

Element type Digitalt visningsmaterial
Gauge DCP


Element type Digitalt visningsmaterial
Gauge DCP


Element type Digitalt arkivmaterial
Gauge MAP


Element type Digitalt arkivmaterial
Gauge MAP


Element type Digitalt visningsmaterial
Gauge ProRes


Element type Print
Item base Acetate
Gauge 35 mm
Length 1776


Element type Print
Item base Acetate
Gauge 35 mm
Length 1790


Element type Print
Item base Acetate
Gauge 35 mm
Length 1622


Element type Print
Item base Acetate
Gauge 35 mm
Length 1936


Element type Print
Item base Acetate
Gauge 35 mm
Length 1939


Element type Print
Item base Acetate
Gauge 35 mm
Length 1763


Element type Print
Item base Polyester
Gauge 35 mm
Length 1939


Element type Print
Item base Polyester
Gauge 35 mm
Length 1937


Element type Print
Item base Polyester
Gauge 35 mm
Length 1937


Element type Print
Item base Polyester
Gauge 35 mm
Length 1938


Element type Duplicate negative
Gauge 35 mm


Element type Duplicate negative
Gauge 35 mm
Length 1622


Element type Duplicate negative
Gauge 35 mm
Length 1936


Element type Duplicate positive
Item base Polyester
Gauge 35 mm
Length 1936


Element type Original picture negative
Gauge 35 mm
Length 340


Element type Video tape digital
Gauge Digital Betacam (PAL)


Holdings Posters

Size Between 850 x 400 and 850 x 690
Designed by Nils Hårde


Size Less than 850 x 400


Size Less than 850 x 400


Size More than 850 x 1100


Size Between 850 x 700 and 850 x 1100
Tryckeri Tryckeri AB Småland
Designed by Nils Hårde


Holdings Archive materials

Type Noter
Object title Körkarlen


Holdings Scripts

Script type Dialoglista
Script title The phantom chariot. Told in living pictures under the direction of Victor Sjöström.
Extent 12 s. Rollista ingår.
Language Engelska


Script type Dialoglista
Script title Thy soul shall bear witness. Adapted from the famous novel by Dr. Selma Lagerlöf written and directed by Victor Sjöström.
Extent 8 s. Rollista ingår.
Language Engelska


Script type Dialoglista
Script title Thy soul shall bear witness. (Körkarlen).
Extent 6 s. Rollista ingår.
Language Engelska


Script type Dialoglista
Script title Thy soul shall bear witness. Adapted from the famous novel by Dr. Selma Lagerlöf. Directed by Victor Seastrom.
Extent 6 s. Rollista ingår.
Language Engelska


Script type Dialoglista
Script title Thy soul shall bear witness. (Körkarlen). Told in living pictures under the direction of Victor Sjöström.
Extent 6 s. Rollista ingår.
Language Engelska


Script type Dialoglista
Script title La carreta fantasma. Contada en imagen viva bajo la direccion de Victor Sjöström.
Extent 16 s. Rollista (1 s.) ingår.
Language Spanish


Script type Dialoglista
Script title Selma Lagerlöf: Körkarlen. Berättad i levande bilder under ledning av Victor Sjöström.
Extent 16 s. Rollista ingår.
Language Svenska


Script type Dialoglista
Script title Selma Lagerlöf: Körkarlen. Berättad i levande bilder under ledning av Victor Sjöström.
Extent 11 s. + 1 s. tillägg. Rollista ingår.
Language Svenska


Script type Dialoglista
Script title Selma Lagerlöf: Körkarlen. Berättad i levande bilder under ledning av Victor Sjöström.
Extent 7 s. + 1 s. tillägg i 2 ex. Rollista ingår.
Language Svenska


Script type Dialoglista
Script title Selma Lagerlöf. Körkarlen. Berättad i levande bilder under ledning av Victor Sjöström.
Extent 8 s.
Language Svenska


Script type Inspelningsmanus
Script title Körkarlen.
Extent 102 s.
Language Svenska


Script type Inspelningsmanus
Extent 105 s.
Language Svenska


Holdings Stills

Black and white print SET
Colour prints -
Behind the scenes prints 5
Slides 1
Album No


Holdings Promotion materials

Type Program/Promotion material
Language Svenska


Type Program/Promotion material
Language Danish


Type Program/Promotion material
Language Svenska


Type Program/Promotion material
Language Svenska


Type Program/Promotion material
Language Svenska


Type Program/Promotion material
Language Engelska


Type Program/Promotion material


Type Program/Promotion material
Language Danish


Type Program/Promotion material
Language Svenska


Type Program/Promotion material
Language Svenska


Type Program/Promotion material
Language Svenska


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