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1928 (Germany) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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an incredible directorial vision, and a devastating lead in Falconetti, make this one of the greatest achievements in all celluloid See more (147 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Maria Falconetti ... Jeanne d'Arc (as Melle Falconetti)
Eugene Silvain ... Évêque Pierre Cauchon (Bishop Pierre Cauchon) (as Eugène Silvain)

André Berley ... Jean d'Estivet

Maurice Schutz ... Nicolas Loyseleur

Antonin Artaud ... Jean Massieu

Michel Simon ... Jean Lemaître
Jean d'Yd ... Guillaume Evrard
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)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jean Aymé ... Juge (Judge) (uncredited)
Gilbert Dacheux ... Juge (Judge) (uncredited)
Gilbert Dalleu ... Jean Lemaître (uncredited)
Paul Delauzac ... Martin Ladvenu (uncredited)
Dimitri Dimitriev ... Juge (Judge) (uncredited)
Fournez-Goffard ... Juge (Judge) (uncredited)
Henri Gaultier ... Juge (Judge) (uncredited)
Paul Jorge ... Juge (Judge) (uncredited)
Henri Maillard ... Juge (Judge) (uncredited)
Raymond Narlay ... Juge (Judge) (uncredited)

Directed by
Carl Theodor Dreyer  (as Carl Th. Dreyer)
 
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(in alphabetical order)
Joseph Delteil  writer
Carl Theodor Dreyer  writer

Original Music by
Jesper Kyd (2007 New Score)
Ole Schmidt (1982)
 
Cinematography by
Rudolph Maté 
 
Film Editing by
Marguerite Beaugé (uncredited)
Carl Theodor Dreyer (uncredited)
 
Set Decoration by
Jean Hugo (settings)
Hermann Warm (settings)
 
Costume Design by
Valentine Hugo 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ralph Christian Holm .... assistant director
Paul La Cour .... assistant director
 
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Pierre Champion .... historial advisor
Carl Theodor Dreyer .... title designer (uncredited)
 
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Also Known As:
"La passion de Jeanne d'Arc" - France (original title)
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Runtime:
110 min | France:88 min (1952 re-release) | USA:114 min | 82 min (restored DVD version) (24 fps) | Denmark:96 min | Germany:97 min (DVD)
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Finland:K-12 (1988) | Finland:K-16 (1954) | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Norway:16 (1928) | South Korea:12 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:PG (2003 re-rating) | USA:Not Rated

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Although the film was shown with live musical accompaniment in the theatre, there is no evidence that Carl Theodor Dreyer ever selected a definitive score. All current DVD versions of the film use Richard Einhorn's "Voices of Light" for accompaniment.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Near the end of the film when two rocks are thrown through what is supposed to be a leaded glass window it is clear from the way it breaks that it is just a regular pane of glass with lines drawn on it to simulate leaded glass.See more »
Quotes:
Juge:Has God promised you things?
Jeanne d'Arc:That has nothing to do with this trial!
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79 out of 87 people found the following review useful.
an incredible directorial vision, and a devastating lead in Falconetti, make this one of the greatest achievements in all celluloid, 7 February 2004
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

Carl Th. Dreyer's The Passion of Joan of Arc was made, perhaps, years ahead of its time- my guess would be that if it wasn't burned after its initial release, it would've had as stunning an impact on the film world years down the line as Citizen Kane did. Though the use of close-ups and distorted angles were not completely new in this film, it felt like Dreyer was creating a new kind of cinema, one where reality, however cold and pitiful, was displayed with complete sincerity. There is also the editing (by Dreyer and Marguerite Beague), which has the timing that many directors/editors of the modern day could only hope to achieve (it has the influence of Eisenstein, only in a totally different historical context), and those moves with the camera by Rudolph Mate (who would go on to photograph Foreign Correspondent and Lady from Shanghai) that are precious- to call his work on the film extraordinary is an understatement.

And it was crucial for Dreyer to use the close-ups and tilted angles and shots where you only see the eyes in the bottom of the frame, and so forth- he's developing the perfect atmosphere in regards to a trial set in 15th century France. It's all those eyes, all those faces, holding all those stolid mindsets that send Joan to her fate. Pretty soon a viewer feels these presences from all these people, so strong and uncompromising, and Dreyer does a miraculous thing- he makes it so that we forget about the time and place, and all of our attention is thrown onto those eyes of Joan, loaded to brim with a sorrow for where she is, but an un-questionable faith in what she feels about God. I wondered at one point whether Dreyer was making as much a point on people's faiths and prejudices in the almighty, or just one on basic humanity.

There have been many before me who have praised Falconetti's performance to the heavens (Kael called it the finest performance in film), but in a way it almost can't be praised enough. What she achieves here is what Ebert must've felt watching Theron in the recent 'Monster'. I didn't even see her in a performance as Joan of Arc- I saw her as being the embodiment of it, as if Falconetti (with Dreyer's guidance) took Joan out of the pages of the trial transcript and her entire soul took over. There is something in an actor that has to be so compelling, so startling, and indeed so recognizable, that a person can feel empathy and/or sympathy for the person the actor's playing. All a viewer has to do is stare into Falconetti's eyes in any shot, close-up or not, and that viewer may get stirred to boiled-down emotion.

For me, it was almost TOO over-whelming an emotional experience- when Joan is about to get tortured, for example, I found myself completely lost from where I was watching the film, everything in my soul and being was with Joan in that chamber, and for a minute I broke out in tears. That's the kind of effect that Dreyer's craft and all the acting work (including Eugene Sylvain as the Bishop Cauchon, and of course Artaud as Jean) can have on a viewer. I'm not saying it has to, yet The Passion of Joan of Arc could- and should- be considered a milestone in cinematic tragedy, where the images that come streaming forth never leave a viewer, and the detail for time and place becomes just that, a detail for the main stage. Love Joan or hate her, this is for keeps.

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