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

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Paul Brenner

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.

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February 27, 2013
Thomas H Green
Daily Telegraph

In the hands of the great Danish director Carl Theodor Dreyer it becomes a potent saga of battered faith, vicious bullying and personal torment.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 4/5

February 27, 2013

Total Film

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.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 5/5

February 27, 2013
Josh Larsen

If the cinema had a face, it would have to be that of Maria Falconetti.

Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm | Original Score: 4/4

August 23, 2012
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

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.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

November 22, 2010


A work of formalist beauty and emotional power, with a luminous central performance from Falconetti.

Full Review Source: Film4

April 20, 2009
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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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 Source: Chicago Reader

February 9, 2007
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

One of the most inspired and inspiring films ever made.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 5/5

December 30, 2006

Time Out
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Dreyer's most universally acclaimed masterpiece remains one of the most staggeringly intense films ever made.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Boyd van Hoeij

| Original Score: 4/5

June 10, 2006
Mordaunt Hall
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times

March 25, 2006
John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
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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 Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 4/4

March 24, 2006
Cole Smithey

Falconetti's shockingly modern performance as the 19-year-old Joan is a thing of irreproachable honesty and ethereal suffering.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: A+

October 10, 2005
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Dreyer's film remains among the most strikingly unusual cinema you're ever likely to see.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 4/5

July 13, 2005
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)

| Original Score: 5/5

July 1, 2005
Emanuel Levy

| Original Score: 5/5

June 13, 2005
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Carl Dreyer's silent classic feaures a mesmerizing Maria Falconetti performance.

| Original Score: 5/5

May 28, 2005
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews

Blazing in its intensity, and overwhelming in its poetry.

Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews | Original Score: 5/5

July 4, 2004
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette

| Original Score: 3/5

July 2, 2004
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

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.

Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

February 24, 2004
Philip French
Observer [UK]

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.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

January 15, 2014
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