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

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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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With its stunning camera work and striking compositions, Carl Th. Dreyer's The Passion of Joan of Arc convinced the world that movies could be art. Renée Falconetti gives one of the greatest performances ever recorded on film as the young maiden who died for God and France. Long thought to have been lost to fire, the original version was miraculously found in perfect condition in 1981 in a Norwegian mental institution.

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

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  • 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.

    Nov 22, 2017 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    May 26, 2008 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

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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.

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

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Tony Rayns

    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.

    Mar 25, 2006 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Mar 24, 2006 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

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.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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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?

vieras esine
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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Tonight, Sunday 7/22 Midnight E.S.T. Turner Classics

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