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The Passion of Joan of Arc
Mlle. FALCONETTI The World's Most Outstanding Screen Artist
Joan of Arc, a young woman inspired by God to lead an army against the English, is put on trial by priests who try to force her to confess that her visions were false.
Robert De Niro sure hasn't aged much since 1928.
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…
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…
Does Joan achieve spiritual transcendence? The lingering shots of her burning body still tied to the stake, and maggots crawling within the eye socket of a recently dug up skull beg the question. As much as this might be a portrait of the endurance of a saint, the cruelty of her treatment, the gleeful maliciousness of the clerics and soldiers, the carnival outside the castle, the final decent into violence, all of these things emphasise the horror of Joan's situation. There's a moment when one cleric steps on the shadow of a window cast as a crucifix on the floor, and it disappears. It's one of the many images which emphasise the evil nature of the Church. It's not a…
One of the greatest films ever made. Nothing less shall be said about Dreyer's masterpiece.
Why did Jacques Rivette think trying to make a 6 hour Joan of Arc epic was a good idea? While Dreyer's vision of the JoA story is significantly cut down, showing only the final few hours of John's life, it offers far more depth than Rivette's cheap and hollow production could hope for. Through innovative framing that always seems to trap Joan in a corner, Dreyer creates a marvellously oppressive atmosphere, utterly devoid of hope, which I found was enhanced by the melancholic post-rock/drone inspired score I watched this with. I do think Falconetti's performance is somewhat overrated though, as you could largely recreate it by gazing plaintive in a diagonally upwards direction and perpetually crying, and I don't think…
Awesome cinematography. Fascinating camerawork. Great movie.
As Jeanne d'Arc's rolling eyes and foaming mouth disappear into the haze of smoke just obscuring her horrid demise and the world around her descends into rioting chaos, you remember the villagers called her Joanie.
Will rewatch since the viewing of this film was part of the Guerilla Projection Crew... and it was still amazing
Not an easy watch.
But very sincere. I love stories with characters who are so pure about who they are and uncompromising, but at the same time very realistic and humane, being able to give up and then regret that and only then stand by their ideals, pulling all of their soul into doing that.
Very challenging film in terms of keeping the audience interested while switching between close-ups of people's faces, and the tone of the film not changing much through its duration. The film gave space and time for the characters to live through their decisions, which is not common for contemporary cinema. That's probably what I admire about it.
I'm an atheist.
This left me p speechless. Falconetti is completely flawless and gives an outstanding performance. Even with no audio whatsoever it's a really intense film - and all those damned close ups, man! If this is remotely how Joan of Arc's trial went down then it makes the movie even more chilling and with it being as modest in appearance as it is, there's no reason to think otherwise, it being adapted from actual transcripts and all too. And it was found in a mental asylum? Now that takes the fucking cake.
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