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

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Top Critic
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.
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.
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
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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
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
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.
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
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+
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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.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 1, 2000
Sit down with an open heart and an open mind, and you'll be blown away. This is the reason they make movies.
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.
Christopher Null
January 1, 2000
Falconetti burns (no pun intended) as the tortured young woman -- if only the rest of the movie could keep up with her and the cinematography.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 9, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
January 10, 2003
Raises so many questions about power, gender, law, and self-determination that any viewer, regardless of persuasion, can invest a great deal in what happens to Joan.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
This is one of the most memorable films ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
September 2, 2003
I fell in to a burning ring of fire
Full Review | Original Score: 96/100
Boyd van Hoeij
June 10, 2006
| Original Score: 4/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
January 16, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
David Keyes
January 1, 2000
Perhaps one of the most intricate and powerful achievements of the silent era.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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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