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The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)

La passion de Jeanne d'Arc (original title)
Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, History | 25 October 1928 (France)
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.


(as Carl Th. Dreyer)

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Complete credited cast:
Jeanne d'Arc (as Melle Falconetti)
Eugene Silvain ...
Évêque Pierre Cauchon (Bishop Pierre Cauchon) (as Eugène Silvain)
André Berley ...
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)


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

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


After completing the original cut of the film, director Carl Theodor Dreyer learned that the entire master print had been accidentally destroyed. With no ability to re-shoot, Dreyer re-edited the entire film from footage he had originally rejected. See more »


One of the priests is wearing a pair of black plastic spectacles. Only for a couple of seconds, but it's very apparent. See more »


Jeanne d'Arc: I swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, nothing but the truth.
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Referenced in Cinema Europe: The Other Hollywood (1995) See more »


Voices of Light
Written by Richard Einhorn
The score used in the 1995 version
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Falconetti's face is sublimely human
11 March 1999 | by (Lisbon, Portugal) – See all my reviews

I saw this film for the very first time last week and was so tremendously captivated by it that I needed to share this rapture. The innovative camera-angles, the close-ups revealing pain and spirituality. It elevates the human condition and the Art of film. I would love to be able to go on into the whys or hows or technicalities. But my words couldn't do the film justice for the imagery still overwhelms me.

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