Sylvia And The Phantom

  • 1944
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy, Drama

Directed by Claude Autant-Lara before he made the immensely successful DEVIL IN THE FLESH, but released in the US in the wake of that film's popularity, SYLVIA AND THE PHANTOM is an enchanting, though minor, film about ghosts and young love. Best remembered today as one of the few films to feature a pre-Mr. Hulot Jacques Tati in a supporting role, SYLVIA...read more

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Directed by Claude Autant-Lara before he made the immensely successful DEVIL IN THE FLESH, but released in the US in the wake of that film's popularity, SYLVIA AND THE PHANTOM is an enchanting, though minor, film about ghosts and young love. Best remembered today as one of the few films

to feature a pre-Mr. Hulot Jacques Tati in a supporting role, SYLVIA AND THE PHANTOM stars teenage Odette Joyeux as Sylvie, a young French aristocrat who is in love with the image of her grandmother's nobleman lover, long since killed in a duel. In the castle where Sylvie lives hangs a huge

portrait of the handsome young man upon which she gazes lovingly, despite having been told that his ghost haunts the castle. When her father, an impoverished baron, sells the painting to raise money for his daughter's 16th birthday celebration, Sylvie is overcome with sadness. During her party,

her father arranges a surprise, hiring a ghost, or, more correctly, a man in a white sheet. Matters are further confused when it turns out there are actually three men playing the specter, which only serves to make Sylvie suspicious of the ghost's authenticity. All the while, the real ghost (Tati)

watches over the affair, unable to communicate with Sylvie. The result is a light-hearted tale with little to distinguish it, except the pleasant Joyeux, the silent Tati, and some well-executed special effects. (In French with English subtitles.)

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