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The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)

La passion de Jeanne d'Arc (original title)
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In 1431, Jeanne d'Arc is placed on trial on charges of heresy. The ecclesiastical jurists attempt to force Jeanne to recant her claims of holy visions.

Director:

Carl Theodor Dreyer (as Carl Th. Dreyer)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 Jean d'Yd ... Guillaume Evrard
Louis Ravet Louis Ravet ... Jean Beaupère (as Ravet)
Armand Lurville Armand Lurville ... Juge (Judge) (as André Lurville)
Jacques Arnna Jacques Arnna ... Juge (Judge)
Alexandre Mihalesco ... Juge (Judge)
Léon Larive Léon Larive ... Juge (Judge)
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Storyline

Giovanna is taken to the Inquisition court. . After the accusation of blasphemy continues to pray in ecstasy . A friar thinks that Giovanna is a saint, but is taken away by the soldiers. Giovanna sees a cross in the shadow and feels comforted. She is not considered a daughter of God but a daughter of the devil and is sentenced to torture. Giovanna D 'Arco says that even if she dies she will not deny anything. The eyes are twisted by terror in front of the torture wheel and faint. Giovanna is taken to a bed where they are bleeding. Giovanna feels that she is about to die and asks to be buried in a consecrated area. Giovanna burns at the stake while devoted ladies cry. Written by luigicavaliere

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"The Outstanding Film of the Season" (Print Ad- Philadelphia Inquirer, ((Philadelphia, Penna.)) 28 April 1929) See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

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

Jean's hair is cut with a shiny pair of scissors which appears to be from the 20th century. Pivoted scissors (the kind with finger holes in use today) were not commonly available until the 18th century. Spring-based scissors which are squeezed from the ends (kind of like tongs) were used in the middle ages and were usually made of iron, not steel. See more »

Quotes

Évêque Pierre Cauchon (Bishop Pierre Cauchon): How do you know a good angel from an evil angel?
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Alternate Versions

In the 1930's a one hour synchronized sound version was re-issued under the name "The Immortal Saint" using David Ross as a narrator to replace inter-titles. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 2: Vaux to the Sea (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Voices of Light
Written by Richard Einhorn
The score used in the 1995 version
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7 July 2000 | by peangelSee all my reviews

This is the most fabulous movie I have ever seen.I like old and silent movies, but I was completely blown away with this movie. It is unlike any that you have ever seen.Joan's acting is the BEST I have ever seen. It is so superior to anything being made today. One does not need special effects and computers to make a great movie.And if any movie deserves that title this one does.I couldn't praise it enough. The direction and camera work is perfection. The way it is filmed with mostly head shots and faces you would think it would be boring.But it is the most alive movie I have ever seen and probably ever made.You cannot take your eyes off of Joan. She is mesmerizing.


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Details

Country:

France

Language:

None | French

Release Date:

25 October 1928 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Passion of Joan of Arc See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,408, 26 November 2017

Gross USA:

$21,877

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,877
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (1952 re-release) | (restored DVD) | (DVD) | (Blu-ray) | (synchronized sound reissue)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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