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The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
"La passion de Jeanne d'Arc" (original title)

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A chronicle of the trial of Jeanne d'Arc on charges of heresy, and the efforts of her ecclesiastical jurists to force Jeanne to recant her claims of holy visions.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Jeanne d'Arc (as Melle Falconetti)
Eugene Silvain ...
Évêque Pierre Cauchon (Bishop Pierre Cauchon) (as Eugène Silvain)
André Berley ...
Maurice Schutz ...
Antonin Artaud ...
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Jean Lemaître
Jean d'Yd ...
Louis Ravet ...
Jean Beaupère (as Ravet)
Armand Lurville ...
Juge (Judge) (as André Lurville)
Jacques Arnna ...
Juge (Judge)
Alexandre Mihalesco ...
Juge (Judge)
Léon Larive ...
Juge (Judge)
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Storyline

The sufferings of a martyr, Jeanne D'Arc (1412-1431). Jeanne appears in court where Cauchon questions her and d'Estivet spits on her. She predicts her rescue, is taken to her cell, and judges forge evidence against her. In her cell, priests interrogate her and judges deny her the Mass. Threatened first in a torture chamber and then offered communion if she will recant, she refuses. At a cemetery, in front of a crowd, a priest and supporters urge her to recant; she does, and Cauchon announces her sentence. In her cell, she explains her change of mind and receives communion. In the courtyard at Rouen castle, she burns at the stake; the soldiers turn on the protesting crowd. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Release Date:

25 October 1928 (France)  »

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| (1952 re-release) | (restored DVD) | (DVD)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

None of the actors wears any makeup, which was unheard of in the silent era. Carl Theodor Dreyer thought this lent strength to the characters' faces. See more »

Goofs

In the 15th century, a priest can be seen wearing a Jesuit robe. The Jesuit order was founded in the 16th century. See more »

Quotes

Juge: How old are you?
Jeanne d'Arc: [counts on her fingers] Nineteen... I think.
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Connections

Referenced in Carl Th. Dreyer: My Métier (1995) See more »

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Voices of Light
Written by Richard Einhorn
The score used in the 1995 version
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Sensory Shift
16 September 2004 | by (Phoenix, AZ) – See all my reviews

This film almost leads one to believe that sound betrays the emotion the eyes capture. Just as the blind develop hearing far better than the average, the deaf develop a keen sense of sight. I am convinced that a lack of dialogue forces us to read the language of the face and body, a verbage unmatched in beauty and nuance. Though the accompanying musical piece (be careful not to identify it as a score), so deliciously inspired by the film, enhances the visual playground; it is the actors' faces that comprise this tour de force. Ms. Falconetti shifts from worry and doubt to unabashed conviction in a single shot, giving the viewer the luck of seeing one's thoughts in progress. She needs no response to the interrogation, it's all in her face. Renee is not superficially beautiful and the lack of make-up only reinforces how bare Joan is, but it is the uncanny ability of an incomparable stage actor to be a window into the soul that makes her so stunning, for the soul we see is one we only wish to attain for ourselves. The Church sees what we see, and they respond just as clearly to her unspoken protest with vehement pomp. The cinematography is so astounding for its time no comment could ever do it justice. Though many comments can be made, and are, surrounding the inspiration and detail for the set, it is at its core an incredible gift from Dreyer to the actors meant to inspire. It plays little part in the film, but to pull an inconceivable last drop of reality from the actors. A testament I can imagine will never be matched to the incredible power of silence.


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