The 1921 Swedish silent film The Phantom Carriage follows a Salvation Army worker who is dying on New Years Eve because she picked up deadly germs the New Years Eve before when she sewed up the coat of drunken, ner do well David Holm. She calls for Holm on her death bed.
Holms life is one of debauchery and drunkenness. He makes life miserable for whoever he encounters. On that very New Years Eve, he tells a story in a graveyard that the last person to die in any year is doomed to be the Angel of Death for a year.
That angel, the dying Salvation Army sister and Holms relationship with them both is a complicated but incredible story. Its a nice fit for a new year where hope, dreams and resolutions dominate our thoughts and are pretty much our focus for at least the first week.
Mr. Movie rating: 5 stars
Not rated but probably PG for mature themes. It plays at 8 p.m. Jan. 4 at the Battelle Auditorium in Richland.
5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen
4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if its your type of movie.
3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on DVD.
2 stars to 1 star: Dont bother.
0 stars: Speaks for itself.