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The Passion of Joan of Arc

Carl Th. Dreyer

 
The Passion of Joan of Arc (Criterion DVD)

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  • France
  • 1928
  • 82 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
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  • Spine #62

With its stunning camerawork and striking compositions, Carl Th. Dreyer’s The Passion of Joan of Arc convinced the world that movies could be art. Renée Falconetti gives one of the greatest performances ever recorded on film, as the young maiden who died for God and France. Long thought to have been lost to fire, the original version was miraculously found in perfect condition in 1981—in a Norwegian mental institution. Criterion is proud to present this milestone of silent cinema in a new special edition featuring composer Richard Einhorn’s Voices of Light, an original opera/oratorio inspired by the film.

Cast

Jeanne d'Arc Renée Falconetti
Bishop Pierre Cauchon, Supreme JudgeEugène Sylvain
Jean d'Estivet, Counsel for the ProsecutionAndré Berley
Nicolas LoyseleurMaurice Schutz
Jean Massieu Antonin Artaud
Jean LemaîtreMichel Simon

Credits

DirectorCarl Th. Dreyer
ScreenplayCarl Th. Dreyer
CinematographyRudolph Maté
EditingCarl Th. Dreyer
Art directorHermann Warm
CostumesValentine Hugo

Disc Features

  • Gorgeous new transfer of the original version, with digital restoration
  • Richard Einhorn’s Voices of Light: A choral and orchestral work performed by vocal group Anonymous 4 soloist Susan Narucki and the Radio Netherlands Philharmonic and Choir
  • Audio essay by Casper Tybjerg, a Dreyer scholar from the University of Copenhagen
  • An extensive production design archive
  • A history of Passion’s many versions, with clips
  • Audio interview excerpts with the star’s daughter, Hélène Falconetti
  • An essay by Richard Einhorn on Joan of Arc and Voices of Light, plus a video essay on the music’s production
  • Voices of Light libretto booklet, including the medieval texts used in Einhorn’s composition

    New cover by Basia Grocholski

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