The Passion of Joan of Arc (La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc) (1928)

The Passion of Joan of Arc (La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc)

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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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Carl Theodor Dreyer
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 9, 1999
Runtime:
Criterion Collection

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Cast


as Bishop Pierre Coucho...

as Jean Massieu

as Jean Beaupère

as Nicholas Loyseleur

as Jean d'Estivet

as Jean Lemaitre

as Guillaume Evrard
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Critic Reviews for The Passion of Joan of Arc (La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc)

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (7)

Here is a deadly tiresome picture that merely makes an attempt to narrate without sound or dialog an allegedly written recorded trial in the 15th or 16th century of Joan of Arc for witchery, leading to her condemnation and burning at the stake.

Full Review… | May 26, 2008
Variety
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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.

Full Review… | February 9, 2007
Chicago Reader
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Dreyer's most universally acclaimed masterpiece remains one of the most staggeringly intense films ever made.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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It is the gifted performance of Maria Falconetti as the Maid of Orleans that rises above everything in this artistic achievement.

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
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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.

Full Review… | March 24, 2006
Detroit Free Press
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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.

Full Review… | July 16, 2014
PopMatters

Audience Reviews for The Passion of Joan of Arc (La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc)

½

Tonight, Sunday 7/22 Midnight E.S.T.

Turner Classics

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Bob Stinson

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½

Very simple and minimalistic, yet very compelling and harrowing.

What I found intriguing - and a bit bizarre, knowing how meticulous Dreyer could be - was that single shot where one of the priests was clearly seen wearing 20th century glasses. Why would he have left it in? Was it a reference to someone?

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vieras esine

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With breathtaking visuals and a potent story, it's hard to believe this was released in 1928.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

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