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

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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 mouths -- adds a shocking immediacy which makes it hard to believe that this film is nearly 70 years old. As Joan, Renée Maria Falconetti (in her only film) transcends mere praise. The Passion of Joan of Arc is a silent film, but the original transcripts of Joan's trial are brilliantly conveyed by the pantomime of the actors. The film's title is supremely double-edged -- Joan's "passion" is shown to be as erotic as it is spiritual. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Eugene Silvain
as Bishop Pierre Couchon
Antonin Artaud
as Jean Massieu
Louis Ravet
as Jean Beaupère
Maurice Schutz
as Nicholas Loyseleur
Andre Berley
as Jean d'Estivet
Michel Simon
as Jean Lemaitre
Jean D'Yd
as Guillaume Evrard
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Critic Reviews for The Passion of Joan of Arc (La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc)

All Critics (39) | 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.

May 26, 2008 | Full Review…

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.

February 9, 2007 | Full Review…

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

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
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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.

March 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.

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

You cannot know the history of silent film unless you know the face of Renee Maria Falconetti.

January 1, 2000 | 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

Super Reviewer

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?

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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