Library staff recommendation: The Passion of Joan of Arc

The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928 – Criterion Collection)

Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer

Greenfield DVD GD33

Filmmaker Carl Dreyer tells the epic story of Joan of Arc’s imprisonment and trial in unmatched cinematic beauty. Full of asymmetry and slants, lights and shadows, and close-up stills and off-center movements, lead actress Renée Falconetti gives a flawless, silent performance accompanied only by composer Richard Einhorn’s Voices of Light, an oratorio.  This is a must-see silent film that captures, as Dreyer himself notes, “realized mysticism.”

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