Irish Film Institute -THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC



97 minutes, France, 1928, Subtitled, Black and White, 35mm

This film will have live musical accompaniment.

Basing his script primarily on the records of Joan’s trial, but condensing events so that the film covers only the final day of her life, with La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc, his last silent film, Dreyer created a masterpiece that’s at once highly experimental and utterly accessible. Indeed, what Tom Milne memorably called “virtually a symphony of faces” remains extraordinarily moving; for all the dazzling camerawork, inventive editing and monumental sets, what dominates is Maria Falconetti’s performance, a flawless study of suffering, supplication and solitude.

La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc is probably the Dreyer film that separates the sheep from the goats where his admirers are concerned. Or, to put it another way, the film that divides those who believe that Dreyer was a Christian for churchgoers, from those who, like myself, see him as a pagan or a pantheist, living, like Gertrud, by one credo alone: Amor Omnia [Love is All].” (Tom Milne)

Showing as part of a season of Carl Dreyer’s greatest films throughout April.

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