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The Passion of Joan of Arc


Maria Falconetti, Eugene Silvain, André Berley, Antonin Artaud View All


Carl Th. Dreyer (Director), Carl Th. Dreyer (Screenplay), Joseph Delteil (Screenplay) View All

Release: Apr. 21st, 1928
Runtime: 1 hour, 22 minutes
A classic of the silent age, this film tells the story of the doomed but ultimately canonized 15th-century teenage warrior. On trial for claiming she'd spoken to God, Jeanne d'Arc is subjected to inhumane treatment and scare tactics at the hands of church court officials. Initially bullied into changing her story, Jeanne eventually opts for what she sees as the truth. Her punishment, a famously brutal execution, earns her perpetual martyrdom.
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16 Why are there very few subtitles in The Passion Of Joan Of Arc (1928)?
I watched the movie but I felt like I missed half of it, cause only certain parts of the dialogue are subtitled, and most of the dialogue is not subtitled at all. I was watching the criterion collect...
7 Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) is pretty graphic, man
So, I've just seen Passion of Joan of Arc from 1928 and I'm blown away. The acting is superb but what struck me was how graphic it was. It had blood (real too!), disturbing close ups on torture to...

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The film itself started with a summary of the origin of the film, the actual physical record of the real life trial of the actual historical person of Joan of Arc.
After watching this, and I didn't know a great deal about Joan of Arc prior to watching the film, I was persuaded to research into her life more thoroughly, and she certainly seems to be a divisive historical character.
Also an echo of Joan's treatment in the film, the film itself was censored, cut, denounced and burned.
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