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1928 (Germany) See more »
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Plot:
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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The Good & Bad Of 'The Passion Of Joan Of Arc' 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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Ranked #1 on the Toronto International Film Festival's Essential 100 list published in 2009.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: 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 »
Quotes:
Jeanne d'Arc:[talking to God] Will I be with You tonight in Paradise?See more »
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Referenced in Let There Be Light (1998)See more »
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Voices of LightSee more »

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43 out of 59 people found the following review useful.
The Good & Bad Of 'The Passion Of Joan Of Arc', 16 January 2007
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

If you'll pardon the rambling, here are my thoughts immediately after watching this on DVD an hour ago.......

THE STORY - Many of the times, while watching this for the first time, I thought this was almost the re-enactment of Jesus' last day, seeing the phony trial, the trumped-up charges He endured by legalistic, power-hungry religious leaders of the day who had no clue who God is, and then the tragic end to the central character. Apparently, there were a lot of similarities to Joan of Arc's last day and of Christ's day. However, here it's the Catholic leaders who are the 'bad guys' while in Jesus' time it was the Pharisees and the Sanhedrin. Also, with Joan's story here, she is portrayed far differently in her ordeal than Christ did, the latter taking everything in stride stoically while Joan, without any physical beating, still cried constantly and signed some paper in a moment of weakness (although she later recants that, which costs the woman her life.)

Anyway, about this film:

THE GOOD - Wow, what incredible direction and photography. Scene after scene is pretty amazing and especially so when you consider this was made about 80 years ago! I would like to see the same director and photographer doing work with today's technology.

The expressions on Maria Falconetti's face throughout the film are memorable. A sadder, more pained look on Joan of Arc - or anyone else's - I have not seen in a motion picture. She also must have set a record that still stands for the most tears shed by one person in a movie! The woman's eyes were like faucets.

All of the faces in here - and the film is mostly a series of facial closeups - are amazing and kudos to Criterion for making a DVD that showed these faces with a clear picture and amazing detail. Director Carl Theodor Dreyer's camera angles still look innovative today. He and Orson Welles seem to share the same love of this kind of photography. I found myself numerous times just shaking my head in admiration for how these characters were photographed.

Another big plus for this film was the addition of "The Voices of Light." They made the music score in here fantastic. I can't recall too many films in which I have been so impressed with a soundtrack. The DVD gives you the option of watching this film with or without that audio. I strongly recommend viewers to take the audio.

Finally, the story itself is memorable, with a powerful ending.

THE BAD - I have to make these comments to be fair and honest. It's not hard to understand why many people will find this film almost impossible to sit through, especially those with no emotional or spiritual involvement with the story. That is because it is extremely slow and repetitive. Shot-after-shot of just Falconetti agonizing or crying and weird-looking men staring at her. If you aren't a devotee of cinematography, this movie could be extremely boring after about 10 minutes.

As powerful as the story is, it isn't a movie I would recommend for most people. I think most folks - of any age, frankly - would be turned off after 20 minutes. I understand that. As mentioned, this is not an easy film to view. This might be the longest 80-minute movie you'll ever see, if you aren't into it.

OVERALL - Visually and audibly: an astounding movie and one I am glad to have finally watched. If I was wishing to get into the movie business and wanted to learn how to shoot films, this would be a film I would study numerous times. Otherwise, one viewing is plenty. I can only recommend this film to a very select audience.

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