A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
The Passion of Joan of Arc
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…
As intense an experience as cinema has to offer. I still can’t quite tell whether the film thinks Joan is insane, insanely devout, or truly touched by God. While watching, I can't help but measure her devotion to her beliefs versus those possibilities. This is a surprisingly political movie. It’s funny that its reputation as an intimate, insular character study still sticks. Falconetti is beyond compare, of course.
curious to know what other ppl listened to when watching this, if anything at all
falconetti is unmatched
I'm glad this film was found.
A powerful story fuelled by a great lead performance and the technical genius of Carl Dreyer. The use of close-ups and her facial expressions made it feel devas. I didn't connect with it as much as I thought I would, but I'll give it another watch someday.
Holy cow, I was not expecting this. Usually when I watch a silent film I have to get myself in the right mood/mindset to enjoy it, but The Passion of Joan of Arc was absolutely amazing. I love the intimacy, Falconetti's facial expressions, the camera movements, the camera angles, and the music. The version of the movie I watched had the operatic soundtrack, and I think it fit perfectly. I never thought I'd be trying to download the soundtrack to a silent film, but here I am...
After watching “The Passion of Joan of Arc” I don’t think I will ever be able get Renée Falconetti’s face out of my head. The amount of pain, sadness, and overall emotion that she conveys through merely her eyes is truly incredible. We feel the pain that she feels. Dreyer’s extreme and constant close ups allow for us to peer into the souls of Joan and the judges deciding her future. Even without sound at their disposal, Dreyer and Falconetti manage to capture raw human emotion in a way that few talkies manage to.
As the film goes on it becomes more and more apparent that this girl is on trial for far more than just her life. She is representing a larger religious move movement, yet she still child and that is what makes this film so tragic.
Pair with: Glory
Haunting and beautiful, this example of early cinema demonstrated some really advanced techniques that created a more masterfully assembled film that a lot that come out today.
A bunch of religious dudes condemn a woman for having a close relationship with God.
iMDB Top 250 #237
Another fine movie to come out of the golden age of cinema, you can see the craft and perfection the director took in every scene shot, with some strong visuals particularly in the last part of the movie. The addition of the Voices of Light soundtrack was a great choice, as I don't think it would have been as good without it, and remained completely silent.
This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…