The Passion of Joan of Arc (La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc) (1928)
Critic Consensus: The Passion of Joan of Arc is must-see cinema for Renée Maria Falconetti's incredible performance alone -- and an all-time classic for innumerable other reasons.
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as Joan of Arc
as Bishop Pierre Couchon
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)
This is neither a hopeful nor a hopeless film, but one of feeling so colossal and resplendent, it can't be constrained by prison or consumed by fire.
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.
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.
Audience Reviews for The Passion of Joan of Arc (La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc)
Baffling us with spectacular visuals and one of the most magnificent performances in the history of Cinema, it is nearly unbelievable how Dreyer made such a stunning masterpiece solely from rejected material after his original master print had been accidentally destroyed.
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?
With breathtaking visuals and a potent story, it's hard to believe this was released in 1928.
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