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

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Sarah Boslaugh
March 4, 2016
...constructed largely of close-ups and was filmed on a single concrete set representing the prison where Joan of Arc was imprisoned ...
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Claire Litton
July 16, 2014
While strong with French nationalistic sentiment, it was made by a Danish director and a German designer, but its powerful message speaks to people of all nations.
Philip French
Observer (UK)
January 15, 2014
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.
Paul Brenner
February 27, 2013
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.
Thomas H Green
Daily Telegraph (UK)
February 27, 2013
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 | Original Score: 4/5

Total Film
February 27, 2013
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 | Original Score: 5/5
Josh Larsen
August 23, 2012
If the cinema had a face, it would have to be that of Maria Falconetti.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
November 22, 2010
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.

April 20, 2009
A work of formalist beauty and emotional power, with a luminous central performance from Falconetti.
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Variety Staff
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.
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
December 30, 2006
One of the most inspired and inspiring films ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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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
Cole Smithey
October 10, 2005
Falconetti's shockingly modern performance as the 19-year-old Joan is a thing of irreproachable honesty and ethereal suffering.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
July 13, 2005
Dreyer's film remains among the most strikingly unusual cinema you're ever likely to see.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
May 28, 2005
Carl Dreyer's silent classic feaures a mesmerizing Maria Falconetti performance.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
July 4, 2004
Blazing in its intensity, and overwhelming in its poetry.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
February 24, 2004
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.
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