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The Passion of Joan of Arc

The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) Biography/History/Drama

Before watching this film I watched Joan of Arc (1948) and made the mistake of saying that there were a couple other Joan of Arc films that looked like they could match it. This one left it in the dust. Without a doubt this is the greatest film I have ever seen in my entire pathetic and mostly wasted life. I cried shamelessly for practically half of the film.

Before the film started there was a description of the miraculous recovery of this masterpiece of art. The original was lost along with other copies and only bits and pieces of the film remained until one close to the original was discovered in the 80's. 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 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. When I read the words I could hardly believe it, and I was so deeply impacted by every frame that I was actually so blessed to get to glimpse it. I just can not contain myself. I simply rethought my life and realised I have two Bibles in my room. What am I wasting any of my few precious moments of life on this Earth doing things like playing video games? All that matters in life is to love and obey and serve God before we stand before him. The fire awaited Joan for only a moment, it awaits us all for eternity if we do not turn away from doing evil and do good and love God with all our hearts and believe in the Truth. The trial of Joan was like what they did to Jesus. The religious leaders of His day were no different from the religious leaders of Joan's or ours.

Directed by Carl Theodore Dreyer, written by Dreyer and Joseph Delteil, and starring Maria Falconetti is one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen. It's the first perfect score I've given a film, I wonder if it will be the last.

Rating: 10/10