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Phantom (1922)




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Movie Info

Alfred Abel plays a store clerk who is nearly driven to insanity when he sees an apparition of a girl driving a team of white horses. He is sentenced to 20 years in jail when he is convicted of stealing to raise money for a prostitute who looks life the ghost girl. Lil Dagover, Aud Egede Nissen, and Lya de Putti star in this feature directed by legendary filmmaker F.W. Murnau.


Alfred Abel
as Lorenz Lubota
Lil Dagover
as Marie Starke
Aud Egede Nissen
as Melanie Lubota
Grete Berger
as Pawnbroker
Lya De Putti
as Mellitta
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Critic Reviews for Phantom

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

Somewhat stodgy in its seriousness, Phantom remains a secondary work by a great filmmaker.

February 13, 2007

The film has its share of hand-wringing histrionics, but is also striking in mood and look.

January 7, 2022 | Full Review…

Phantom is a fitting title for a story in which emotions are ruthless, motivations are slippery, and identity itself is dauntingly hard to pin down. This isn't exactly horror, but parts of it border on nightmare.

November 11, 2021 | Full Review…

It's a bit of a bore.

November 26, 2006 | Rating: 2/5

It's dreadfully slow-paced, overwrought and dated.

November 15, 2006 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Phantom comes across more as a job for hire than as a genuine Murnau masterpiece. But even so, the master filmmaker managed to include several of his own touches

September 28, 2006 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Phantom

I wasn't impressed, interested, or put off by this film... in fact I didn't feel anything but boredom towards it. The plot sounds so promising, but the picture doesn't deliver. Even though my DVD was of poor quality, I couldn't get into this movie at all. I expected more from a film called Phantom.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

Frankly, this film stinks. It earns two stars for F.W. Murnau's direction, but the melodramatic story is absolutely awful. The lead character (Alfred Abel, who otherwise did some fine work with Fritz Lang) is a twitching idiot who throws away his life after falling in love with a passing stranger whom he never encounters again, and the film bets all its chips on us sympathizing with him rather than believing he's a ridiculous fool. Then he goes even further, bankrupting himself by throwing gifts at a shoddy lookalike woman who does even less to deserve his affection. And heaven knows why the title suggests a horror movie -- the only horror is the script. To add insult to injury, the film tacks on a cheap, happy ending which is totally unearned. Skip this one.

Eric Broome
Eric Broome

Super Reviewer


Not what I expected from F.W Murnau. It didn't have the beauty of SUNRISE or the mystery of NOSFERATU. And the title is a trifle misleading, in that I was expecting a ghost story of some sort. Instead, the title refers to obsessive "phantoms" of desires and dreams that haunt one's thoughts. This film resembles somewhat THE BLUE ANGEL in that a man's chance meeting with a mystery woman and his subsequent obsession of same leads to his downfall. Performances were a bit over-dramatic, but that is to be expected for 1922. And I have a hard time finding a lot of faults with silent German cinema. All in all, not a masterpiece but good enough to hold my attention for 2+ hours.

Cindy I
Cindy I

Super Reviewer

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