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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

Released: 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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It's a film that seems ahead of its time - the close-ups and extreme close-ups used, the violence, the level of emotion that manages to be built up.
It was found in a mental institute no less. It's the kind of thing that is so close to God it would drive you insane. "To know God is to know madness," as they say.
The real trial was comprised of 22 sessions of interrogation, over a span of 6 months.