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The Passion of Joan of Arc
The Passion of Joan of Arc is the masterpiece from Danish director Carl Theodor Dreyer that depicts the story of French martyr Joan from Orleans seven years after her canonization from the catholic church.
I watched this twice, back to back. Once with sound, once without. Both times I was gobsmacked by what was laid out before me on screen. Watching this film feels like having the weight of our history looking over your shoulder with you. It is teeming with historical framing and importance, regarding both its shape and content.
Completely ignoring historical context Dreyer’s film opts to relate Joan of Arc’s story by focussing on her trial and execution and the suffering that went along with it. No sweeping shots of her military victories, no familiar backdrop, it assumes that its audience knows who we’re dealing with here and chooses to focus on her last days and how she suffered through them.…
I am not a religious man. Growing up, my mother took me to church because she felt she should, an obligation rather than any actual deep connection to a deity or the scripture that was referenced each week. My father would spend each Sunday morning out in nature, taking walks or just sitting and reflecting on the beauty of the world around him, thus he would rarely if ever join us at church. As I hated going and found the one hour to be painfully boring, absorbing nothing from the teachings of Jesus Christ, I finally spoke up and asked my old man why it was fair that I had to go and he didn't.
He explained that he did…
I never believed the hype. A film made in the 20s, a silent film made in the 20s, being declared by some to be the best film ever made? Sounds like something only a film historian could say. Sounds like homework, like you have to know about film in the 20s to see how this one sets itself apart. Yawn. At least it is only 82 minutes.
I believe the hype now, and I ain't no film historian.
Dreyer didn't want to tell the story of Joan of Arc, he wanted to tell the story of The Passion of Joan of Arc. If Joan is God's daughter, she met the same fate as her brother. Both had trials. Both were…
Robert De Niro sure hasn't aged much since 1928.
After a recent watch of Mexican director Carlos Reygadas’ wonderful Silent Light, and subsequent urging from LB friends to seek out Dreyer’s Ordet, it became apparent that it was time to tackle Dreyer’s The Passion of Joan of Arc from our list of shame as a warm up.
As a reference point, we watched the Criterion DVD with the Voices of Light musical accompaniment track. As another point of reference, my historical knowledge of Joan of Arc was woefully lacking, as is my knowledge of silent film.
I’ll just begin by saying that it’s visually arresting. The ability to see this startling beauty is due to the discovery of a near pristine original print in 1981 and subsequent Criterion restoration,…
In a review posted in 1997, Roger Ebert wrote "You cannot know the history of silent film unless you know the face of Renee Maria Falconetti." What makes this statement fascinating is that anyone even remotely familiar with that era of film would think first of the stars of the time like Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and perhaps Harold Lloyd, yet he invokes the name Falconetti as a necessary piece of cinematic knowledge. Was she a star at the time, a familiar face recognized from multiple silent classics? She was not. In fact, her lead role in The Passion of Joan of Arc was her one and only appearance on film during her life. It didn't require her to speak…
A stunning achievement in filmmaking, which is driven by Renee Falconetti's committed and relentless performance that is well worthy of its reputation. It didn't quite have me by the scruff of the neck, but hard to argue its status as a masterpiece.
Easily one of the most emotional and beautiful stories ever committed to film. Dreyer's near constant close-ups do little to shield the viewer from the tragedy that takes place on screen. Whether you are religious or not, the film grips you like few others have the power to do.
"Will I be with You tonight in Paradise?"
The film interlinks objects with emotions and takes different accounts very serious. Dreyer used a panning shot very infrequently when he showed the judges and there's one scene where the camera pans right down one of their faces and then it cuts to Jeanne in a state of despair about where she leaned the prayer from. The judges don't hate her, but rather that they hate her mendacity and hubris ways, which make them hypocritical just because she wants to help people. Two Judges plea that she is a saint and didn't stem from the Devil, but from God. As if by envy of her accomplishments in helping people, they refuse to…
Even though I'm not the biggest fan of silent cinema (and made the mistake of initially trying to watch this with no score) it's impossible not to rate this 5 stars. A total masterpiece.
How long even is this movie?
with live vocal accompaniment from the Orlando Consort Choir at Turner Sims Concert Hall
Film #11 of the "November 2015 Scavenger Hunt" Challenge!
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The Passion of Joan of Arc is a masterpiece. Maria Falconetti provides a brilliant, fearless performance. She rips emotion out and dangles it in front of us as a mirror to the human experience. We see in horrifying detail the ways Joan of Arc is psychologically tortured and humiliated. Her life is put against her beliefs. The whole film is truly heartbreaking, and an experience to go through.
The impact of Falconetti's performance can not be understated. This is a minimalist film and often the only thing driving a scene is the look in her eyes. Reading about her performance reveals just how difficult it…
Wir sehen einen Lateral Tracking-Shot zu Etablierung der Szene, es folgt ein dramatischer Zoom auf den Bischoff, der der Verhandlung gegen Jeanne d’Arc vorsitzt. Wow! Dieser 87 Jahre alte Film beginnt mit so einer rasanten Kamera, als wäre es der neueste Streifen von Scorsese.
Die ganze Rezension gibt es hier:
Despair, sorrow, ecstasy, defiance, conviction, terror, rage, indignation, confusion, resignation, hopefulness, arrogance.
These are only a few of the emotions and feelings clearly conveyed in Dreyer's The Passion of Joan of Arc. Always without sound and often without any dialogue at all, there's never a question what is going through these characters' minds. And it's not just mugging for the camera. There is depth to these performances, both Joan and her persecutors. Massive, yet believable, shifts in mood and emotion.
All through closeup shots.
These close ups are intense and confrontational and often uncomfortable to watch, but the story of a woman being put to death after a corrupt trial deserves that treatment. If you are going to watch this…
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…