Adaptation · Criterion Collection · Horror · Silent Film · Sweden

#579 The Phantom Carriage (1921)

#579 The Phantom Carriage 1921 // Sweden // Victor Sjöström Criterion Release Date: 27 Sept 2011 (LINK) Astounding as it sounds, The Phantom Carriage (Swedish: Körkarlen) continues to withhold the power of spirituality and the awe-inspiring visual effects even ninety years after its production. Although, as viewed by CGI-fed cinema-goers like myself, the modern technology of film-making has unkindly diminished… Continue reading #579 The Phantom Carriage (1921)

Adaptation · Criterion Collection · Drama · Sweden

#796 The Emigrants (1971) / #797 The New Land (1972)

#796 The Emigrants #797 The New Land 1971-72 // Sweden // Jan Troell Criterion Release Date: 9 Feb 2016 (LINK) I was skeptical at first in spending six-and-a-half hours on watching two Swedish films back to back. Jan Troell’s epic saga on the journey of the nineteenth century Swedish emigrants to the America does not sound compelling… Continue reading #796 The Emigrants (1971) / #797 The New Land (1972)

Criterion Collection · Drama · Sweden

#701 Persona (1966)

Criterion Challenge #701 Persona   1966 // Sweden // Ingmar Bergman Spine #701 Release: Mar 25, 2014 The release of PERSONA was a significant and historic moment in the history of Criterion Collection, even with the spine number of 701, the 700 works beforehand seem to be diminished under PERSONA’s shadow. PERSONA is one of… Continue reading #701 Persona (1966)

Criterion Collection · Drama · Sweden

#101: Cries and Whispers (1972)

Criterion Challenge #101 Cries and Whispers 1972 // Sweden Spine #101 Release: Jun 19, 2001 Reissue: Mar 31, 2015 Crimson, a bloody red hue filled up the entire screen, just like the curtain before the opening in theaters. It draws the audience in, instead of being step by step, the film sucks and absorbed us… Continue reading #101: Cries and Whispers (1972)