1928 ***** 82 mins.
Carl Th. Dreyer's The Passion of Joan of Arc is my favorite film about the woman who defied her government for what she believed. The film simply presents the trial of Saint Joan, using the real trial transcripts as the screenplay. Dreyer also insisted that none of the actors wear makeup, which adds to the emotional intensity of the performances. Renee Falconetti delivers one of the most powerful performances in film history, and it is truly a shame that she never acted again. One of the most interesting facts about this film is its rediscovery. The film was believed to be lost for decades until a nearly complete print was found in 1985...in a closet in a mental hospital in Oslo, Norway.
Original theatrical aspect ratio: 1.33:1
Written and Directed by
Carl Th. Dreyer