17 06 2011

"The Phantom Carriage" to be released on Blu-Ray and DVD by Criterion Collection, including KTL original score




We are very pleased to announce that the score KTL created in 2007 for "The Phantom Carriage" will be included in an amazing restored version of the film being released by the incredible label Criterion Collection. This score was originally released on a DVD version byTartan UK, but the company folded soon after. Peter Rehberg and I have performed the score live at screenings of the film at Wien Modern (2009) and Bayerische Staatsoper (2009).

The Phantom Carriage
Victor Sjöström

Sweden / 1920
107 minutes
Black and White
Spine #579
SYNOPSIS: 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, about 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. Based on a novel by Nobel Prize winner Selma Lagerlöf, 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.

David Holm: Victor Sjöström
Mrs. Holm: Hilda Borgström
Georges: Tore Svennberg
Sister Edit: Astrid Holm
Edit's mother: Concordia Selander

Director: Victor Sjöström
Based on the novel by Selma Lagerlöf
Script: Victor Sjöström
Cinematography: Julius Jaenzon
Producer: Charles Magnusson
Art direction: Alexander Bakó and Axel Esbensen
• New digital transfer, restored in collaboration with the Archival Film Collections of the Swedish Film Institute
• Two scores, one by acclaimed Swedish composer Matti Bye and the other by the experimental duo KTL
• Audio commentary featuring film historian Casper Tybjerg
• Interview with Ingmar Bergman excerpted from the 1981 documentary Victor Sjöström: A Portrait, by Gösta Werner
• The Bergman Connection, an original visual essay by film historian and Bergman scholar Peter Cowie on The Phantom Carriage’s influence on Bergman
• Archival footage from 1919 of the construction of Räsunda Studios, where The Phantom Carriagewas filmed
• New and improved English subtitle translation
• PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by screenwriter and filmmaker Paul Mayersberg
Release date: 27th September 2011


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