Carl Th. Dreyer

The Passion of Joan of Arc

The Passion of Joan of Arc

Spiritual rapture and institutional hypocrisy come to stark, vivid life in one of the most transcendent masterpieces of the silent era. Chronicling the trial of Joan of Arc in the hours leading up to her execution, Danish master Carl Theodor Dreyer depicts her torment with startling immediacy, employing an array of techniques—expressionistic lighting, interconnected sets, painfully intimate close-ups—to immerse viewers in her subjective experience. Anchoring Dreyer’s audacious formal experimentation is a legendary performance by Renée Falconetti, whose haunted face channels both the agony and the ecstasy of martyrdom.

Film Info

  • Carl Th. Dreyer
  • France
  • 1928
  • 81 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.33:1
  • French
  • Spine #62

Special Features

  • New 2K digital restoration of the film by Gaumont, presented at 24 frames per second
  • Alternate presentation of the film at 20 frames per second with original Danish intertitles
  • Three scores: Richard Einhorn’s Voices of Light; one by Goldfrapp’s Will Gregory and Portishead’s Adrian Utley; and one by composer and pianist Mie Yanashita
  • Audio commentary from 1999 by film scholar Casper Tybjerg
  • New interview with Einhorn
  • New conversation between Gregory and Utley
  • New video essay by Tybjerg exploring the debate over the film’s frame rate
  • Interview from 1995 with actor Renée Falconetti’s daughter and biographer, Hélène Falconetti
  • Version history
  • Production design archive
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translations
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Mark Le Fanu, a 1929 director’s statement by Carl Theodor Dreyer, and the full libretto for Voices of Light

New cover by Eric Skillman

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Special Features

  • New 2K digital restoration of the film by Gaumont, presented at 24 frames per second
  • Alternate presentation of the film at 20 frames per second with original Danish intertitles
  • Three scores: Richard Einhorn’s Voices of Light; one by Goldfrapp’s Will Gregory and Portishead’s Adrian Utley; and one by composer and pianist Mie Yanashita
  • Audio commentary from 1999 by film scholar Casper Tybjerg
  • New interview with Einhorn
  • New conversation between Gregory and Utley
  • New video essay by Tybjerg exploring the debate over the film’s frame rate
  • Interview from 1995 with actor Renée Falconetti’s daughter and biographer, Hélène Falconetti
  • Version history
  • Production design archive
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translations
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Mark Le Fanu, a 1929 director’s statement by Carl Theodor Dreyer, and the full libretto for Voices of Light

New cover by Eric Skillman

The Passion of Joan of Arc
Cast
Renée Falconetti
Jeanne
 Eugène Silvain
Pierre Cauchon
André Berley
Jean d’Estivet
Maurice Schutz
Nicolas Loyseleur
Antonin Artaud
Jean Massieu
Michel Simon
Jean Lemaître
 Jean d’Yd
Guillaume Erard
Louis  Ravet
Jean Beaupère
Credits
Director
Carl Th. Dreyer
Screenplay
Carl Th. Dreyer
In collaboration with
Joseph Delteil
Historical adviser
Pierre Champion
Director of photography
Rudolph Maté
Art direction 
Hermann Warm
Production design
Jean Hugo
Editing
Carl Th. Dreyer
Costumes
Valentine Hugo

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