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

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Variety Staff
Variety
May 26, 2008
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.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
February 9, 2007
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.
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Tony Rayns
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Dreyer's most universally acclaimed masterpiece remains one of the most staggeringly intense films ever made.
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Mordaunt Hall
New York Times
March 25, 2006
It is the gifted performance of Maria Falconetti as the Maid of Orleans that rises above everything in this artistic achievement.
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
March 24, 2006
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 | Original Score: 4/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
You cannot know the history of silent film unless you know the face of Renee Maria Falconetti.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 21, 1928
When one speaks of The Passion of Joan of Arc, the first image to come to mind is the beatific face of Maria Falconetti, whose expressive features give voice to the movie's silence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4