The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)

Carl Theodor Dreyer directs Renée Jeanne Falconetti, Eugène Silvain and André Berley in this silent recreation of the trial and execution of Joan of Arc.

Considered one of the greatest films ever made, this felt very much like eating my greens. I did my duty. I watched it. And maybe if I was in a cinema, locked in and overwhelmed by the big screen, I might have appreciated it more. But watched in bed (the only option really in early 2021) it was just a parade of grotesque faces towering over a close up of a miserable actress trying to look saintly. Repeated. On. A. Loop. Falconetti can play the glass-eyed martyr like no one’s business but as a drama this version is voiceless and grindingly repetitive… Not for me. Let’s call it a draw.


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