Hearses, funeral coaches, casket carriages, dead wagons – whatever you call them, these vehicles are an object of fascination. In this collection of film and television clips, @Gail Rubin presents Hearses Through History. The various body disposition vehicles featured include the humble plague cart, horse-drawn hearses, and automobiles from several eras.
These clips come from the following films and television programs. You can get the DVDs or streaming version through these Amazon affiliate links:
Six Feet Under from HBO (first episode and later in the five-season series) Get the full series – https://bit.ly/6FeetDVDSet
Monty Python and The Holy Grail (“Bring out your dead!”): https://bit.ly/MPandHolyGrail
Amadeus (Spoiler alert – Mozart dies at the end): https://bit.ly/AmadeusMovie
The Magnificent Seven (“Never rode shotgun on a hearse before.”): https://bit.ly/MagnificentSevenFilm
Wild Strawberries (classic Ingmar Bergman film with creepy runaway horse-drawn hearse scene): https://bit.ly/StrawberriesBergman
A funeral director vocational training film from the 1940s, featuring a side-loading funeral coach door where the pallbearers line up at the side of the vehicle.
Death at a Funeral (U.K. version with a British hearse): https://bit.ly/DAAFUK
Harold and Maude (featuring two hearses, a classic 1950s Cadillac and the Jaguar that Harold turns into a mini-hearse): https://bit.ly/HearseHM
Diamonds are Forever (1971 funeral coach in Las Vegas, Nevada): https://bit.ly/DiamondsForeverHearse
Get Low (features a 1938 automobile hearse): https://bit.ly/GetLowFilm
Grand Theft Parsons (Meet Bernice, a Cadillac Superior Royale funeral coach): https://bit.ly/GTPHearse
And lastly, a visit with Robert Durant, a funeral coach dealer with a top-of-the-line model with a great sound system! View the full video here:
Watch this video about how Ken Roberts made this recreation of the Jaguar hearse from Harold and Maude.