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The Phantom Carriage: a revaluation (audiovisual essay)

Gibbs, J. ORCID: and Pye, D. (2017) The Phantom Carriage: a revaluation (audiovisual essay). Movie: a journal of film criticism (7). ISSN 2047-1661

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This is a two-part audiovisual essay on Victor Sjöström’s extraordinary film The Phantom Carriage (Körkarlen), which was released on New Year’s Day 1921. Part 1 explores a sequence in detail, revealing a mastery of three-dimensional film space which is remarkable for its period; the essay then look at the ways in which this handling of space is integral to the film’s rich articulation of character and action. Part 2 considers aspects of the film’s mise-en-scène and shows how the features of the sequence explored in Part 1 take on their full resonance within patterns and motifs that develop across the film. Published by Movie: a journal of film criticism, the essay complements our chapter on the film in the volume Silent Features, edited by Steve Neale (Exeter University Press, 2016).

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Arts and Communication Design > Film, Theatre & Television
ID Code:61976
Uncontrolled Keywords:The Phantom Carriage, Körkarlen, Sjöström, space, editing, doors, touching, coughing, long take, TB, eyeline match, three-dimensional space, sound, Selma Lagerlöf, light, motif, interior space, Swedish cinema, Svensk Filmindustri, Julius Jaenzon, Movie
Additional Information:To watch the video essay, click on the Official URL above.
Publisher:Universities of Warwick, Reading, and Oxford

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