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The Passion of Joan of Arc

The Passion of Joan of Arc

Review score: * * * * *

cast: Renée Jeanne Falconetti, Eugène Silvain

year: 1928

colour: no

certificate: PG

director: Carl Theodor Dreyer

runtime: 82

 With its stunning camerawork and striking compositions, Carl Th. Dreyer’s The Passion of Joan of Arc convinced the world that movies could be art. Renée Falconetti gives one of the greatest performances ever recorded on film, as the young maiden who died for God and France. Long thought to have been lost to fire, the original version was miraculously found in perfect condition in 1981—in a Norwegian mental institution. 


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