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Le Passion de Jeanne D’Arc

Here is a deadly tiresome picture that merely makes an attempt to narrate without sound or dialog an allegedly written recorded trial in the 15th or 16th century of Joan of Arc for witchery, leading to her condemnation and burning at the stake.

With:
Maria Falconetti Eugene Silvain Antonin Artaud Maurice Schutz Andre Berly Michel Simon

Here is a deadly tiresome picture that merely makes an attempt to narrate without sound or dialog an allegedly written recorded trial in the 15th or 16th century of Joan of Arc for witchery, leading to her condemnation and burning at the stake.

One grows terribly weary of seeing her judges reappear, of the long series of captioned questions and answers, of Joan double-crossed, and of Joan doing a long-distance burning sequence, with the French mobs as inserts. Totally a cheaply economic film as a product.

There is some photographic value through the continuous allure of whole-screen closeups of faces only, mostly of the hard-visaged elderly men in cloistered costumes. They look like stone images brought to life.

In appearance, Joan is at all times immobile in countenance and always staring into the camera when she isn’t washing tears off her face.

Le Passion de Jeanne D'Arc

France

Production: SGF. Director Carl Dreyer; Screenplay Carl Dreyer, Joseph Delteil; Camera Rudolph Mate; Art Director Hermann Warm, Jean Hugo

Crew: Silent. (B&W) Available on DVD. Extract of a review from 1928. Running time: 114 MIN.

With: Maria Falconetti Eugene Silvain Antonin Artaud Maurice Schutz Andre Berly Michel Simon

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