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La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc (1928)

Drama | 110 minutes / 82 minutes (gerestaureerde versie -24 fps)
3,75 414 votes

Genre: Drama / History

Duration: 110 minuten / 82 minuten (gerestaureerde versie -24 fps)

Alternative title: The Passion of Joan of Arc

Country: France

Directed by: Carl Theodor Dreyer

Stars: Maria Falconetti, Eugène Silvain and André Berley

IMDb score: 8,1 (60.852)

Releasedate: 21 April 1928


La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc plot

"An Immortal Screen Classic that will live Forever!"

In 1431, the nineteen-year-old French warrior Joan of Arc is captured by the Burgundians, sympathizers of the British. At her trial, she says that Saint Michael has appeared to her in visions and that she wants to be taken to the Pope. The jury accuses her of blasphemy and forces her to retract her statements under torture.

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Bishop Pierre Cauchon

Jean d'Estivet

Nicolas Loyseleur

Jean Massieu

Jean Lemaître

Guillaume Evrard

Jean Beaupère

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avatar van baspls


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In many intense close-ups, La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc tells of the interrogation and trial of Joan of Arc by English-minded Burgundian clerics. The emotions are superbly portrayed and the eye for detail (tears and hairy pustules) is very impressive. Bizarre actually to think that the original footage was lost before the edit and what we see now is discarded footage that Dreyer edited into a movie.

It's a pity that more than half of the dialogues are without a title card and so we don't have the faintest idea what is being said. Furthermore, the locations were also quite sober and deliberately simple, which in turn does not fit with the realistic and detailed play of the actors.

The story of Jeanne d'Arc naturally appeals to the imagination. A woman who believes she has been summoned by God to make France win in the war against England. Nowadays it is a popular theory that Jeanne was mentally out of order and in this film she also looks suspiciously glassy in front of her. Yet there is no evidence for this in historical documents. Ironically, the English Church condemned her to the stake and the Catholic Church canonized her in 1920 to improve relations between the Vatican and France.

It is completely justified that this is still regarded as one of the most important films in cinema history today. Carl Theodor Dreyer was way ahead of his time with his photography.

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avatar van IH88


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“Dear God, I accept my death gladly but do not let me suffer too long. Will I be with You tonight in Paradise?”

Chilling and tragic classic. The close ups, the masterly score, the spine-chilling story, Falconetti's acting, etc. La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc is a film that won't leave you in the cold. You have to like these old movies, but Joan of Arc shows once again how much imagination and creativity "silent movies" can have. Just like the Charlie Chaplin movies, everything is executed to perfection, and Falconetti alone manages to convey an incredible amount of emotion with her facial expression. Very well acted, and together with the score it ensures that Jeanne d'Arc is a film that will stay with me for a while.

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avatar van scorsese


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Beautiful film about the trial of the young French woman Jeanne d'Arc. The story about a woman who holds on to her convictions and faith. The film largely consists of close-ups and director Carl Theodor Dreyer uses his own visual language here. Sublime acting by Maria Falconetti who portrays Joan of Arc as a human being. Her expressive eyes and her face full of emotion in the many close-ups is an image that you will not soon forget. All this makes this a film that does not stand the test of time, but which manages to surpass it.

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