The Passion of Joan of Arc Film Still

The Passion of Joan of Arc

Carl Th. Dreyer

 
The Passion of Joan of Arc (Criterion Blu-Ray)

20 Mar 2018

Blu-Ray

1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

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

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.

Cast

JeanneRenée Falconetti
Pierre Cauchon Eugène Silvain
Jean d’EstivetAndré Berley
Nicolas LoyseleurMaurice Schutz
Jean Massieu Antonin Artaud
Jean LemaîtreMichel Simon
Guillaume Erard Jean d’Yd
Jean BeaupèreLouis  Ravet

Credits

DirectorCarl Th. Dreyer
ScreenplayCarl Th. Dreyer
In collaboration withJoseph Delteil
Historical adviserPierre Champion
Director of photographyRudolph Maté
Art direction Hermann Warm
Production designJean Hugo
EditingCarl Th. Dreyer
CostumesValentine Hugo

Disc 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

Film Essays

Realized Mysticism in The Passion of Joan of Arc

By Carl Theodor Dreyer November 08, 1999

The virgin of Orleans and those matters that surrounded her death began to interest me when the shepherd girl’s canonization in 1920* once again drew the attention of the public-at-large to the . . . Read more »

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News

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Carl Dreyer

June 10, 2010

Fans of Carl Theodor Dreyer’s films (which really should include any lover of cinema) have reason to celebrate. The long-gestating website devoted to the Danish director, Carl Th. Dreyer—The Man . . . Read more »


News

Passion Play

March 08, 2010

Forty-seven years after Anna Karina communed with The Passion of Joan of Arc’s Maria Falconetti in Vivre sa vie, Carl Theodor Dreyer’s Saint Joan continues to inspire artists. According to a . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Realized Mysticism in The Passion of Joan of Arc

By Carl Theodor Dreyer November 08, 1999

The virgin of Orleans and those matters that surrounded her death began to interest me when the shepherd girl’s canonization in 1920* once again drew the attention of the public-at-large to the . . . Read more »

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