The Phantom Carriage (french)
THE PHANTOM CARRIAGE | AJOMIES
Directed by Julien Duvivier
Starring: Pierre Fresnay, Marie Bell, Louis Jouvet
1939 | 88’ | B&W | OV French | Classic | DCP
Film restored in 2006
The creaking wheels of the phantom carriage ridden by Death himself – and driven for a year by the hapless man who dies at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve – provide the sinister backdrop for this rare French film. Pierre Fresnay is remarkable as hard-drinking tough guy, David, whose buddy Georges (the equally remarkable Louis Jouvet) haunts his nights as the ghostly carriage driver.
A highly successful remake of Swedish master Victor Sjöström’s silent classic (1920) of the same name.