The Passion of Joan of Arc (La Passion De Jeanne D’Arc)
With its stunning camera work and striking compositions, Carl Th. Dreyer’s THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC (1928) 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. Previously available only in rare prints that necessitated live accompaniment, THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC returns to screens in a new restoration, partnered with Richard Einhorn’s acclaimed score Voices of Light for the first time theatrically.
“You cannot know the history of silent film unless you know the face of Renee Maria Falconetti. In a medium without words, where the filmmakers believed that the camera captured the essence of characters through their faces, to see Falconetti in Dreyer’s “The Passion of Joan of Arc” (1928) is to look into eyes that will never leave you.” — Roger Ebert