The Passion of Joan of Arc (La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc) (1928)
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The Passion of Joan of Arc (La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc) is widely regarded as Danish director Carl Theodor Dreyer's finest achievement and one of the greatest films of all time. Dreyer recreates the trial and execution of St. Joan with near-documentary authenticity, as if one were present at the actual 15th century event and both defendant and accusers were the genuine article. The director's use of huge, probing close-ups -- detailing every pockmark and even the saliva at the sides of the
Apr 21, 1928 Wide
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Dreyer's radical approach to constructing space and the slow intensity of his mobile style make this "difficult" in the sense that, like all the greatest films, it reinvents the world from the ground up.
Dreyer's most universally acclaimed masterpiece remains one of the most staggeringly intense films ever made.
It is the gifted performance of Maria Falconetti as the Maid of Orleans that rises above everything in this artistic achievement.
Few films have earned classic status more than Carl Dreyer's 1928 silent study of the 15th-Century teenager who helped lead French troops against the British only to be tried as a heretic.
You cannot know the history of silent film unless you know the face of Renee Maria Falconetti.
While strong with French nationalistic sentiment, it was made by a Danish director and a German designer, but its powerful message speaks to people of all nations.
This was Falconetti's only major film and over a period of a year under Dreyer's direction (a combination of cruelty and patience), her extraordinarily expressive face made for one of the greatest, most harrowing screen performances.
With her wide and expressive eyes, eyes that lock onto the spectator, conveying both hope and despair in the same instant, Falconetti delivers one of the most sublime and gripping of film acting performances.
In the hands of the great Danish director Carl Theodor Dreyer it becomes a potent saga of battered faith, vicious bullying and personal torment.
It's hard to think of another film that contains such anguish, such inner torture, that turns watching a plain old movie into a spiritual experience.
A wondrously composed cathedral of light and shadow that departs from one text to establish another, parallel cosmos based on the architecture of the human face.
A work of formalist beauty and emotional power, with a luminous central performance from Falconetti.
Falconetti's shockingly modern performance as the 19-year-old Joan is a thing of irreproachable honesty and ethereal suffering.
Dreyer's film remains among the most strikingly unusual cinema you're ever likely to see.
Carl Dreyer's silent classic feaures a mesmerizing Maria Falconetti performance.
One of the great last gasps of the silent era, Dreyer's classic presents, in a staggering series of close-ups, Joan's trial before her inquisitors.
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