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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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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.