On Sunday February 25th at 2 pm, The Grand presents the next title of a seasonal series of unique silent movie screening events on the Coastal Eye Care Screen- “Jazz in Silents: The Phantom Carriage.” 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. The story, based on a novel by Nobel Prize winner Selma Lagerlöf, concerns 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. 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. And now local musician and silent film aficionado, Mark Tipton leads his Les Sorciers Perdus (“The Lost Wizards”) chamber ensemble in the live performance of Mark’s new score for “The Phantom Carriage” in sync with the film at The Grand! (1920. Sweden. 1 hr, 29 min. Directed by Victor Sjöström. NR.) Tickets for this General Admission presentation are $15 for Adults & Seniors and $10 for Youth (12&under). For more information on this or other Grand events, please call the box office at 207-667-9500 or visit The Grand website at www.grandonline.org or follow The Grand on Facebook.
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