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The Passion of Joan of Arc (Full Screen) (The Criterion Collection)


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  • Actors: Maria Falconetti, Eugene Silvain, André Berley, Maurice Schutz, Antonin Artaud
  • Directors: Carl Theodor Dreyer
  • Writers: Carl Theodor Dreyer, Joseph Delteil
  • Format: Black & White, Dolby, DVD-Video, Silent, Special Edition, NTSC
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Criterion
  • Release Date: Nov. 9 1999
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0780022343
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,038 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ted on May 14 2004
Format: DVD
This review is for the Criterion Collection DVD edition of the film
This movie is one of the most well known classics of Europe. The 2nd original print, long thought to be lost to fire, was miraculously found in the closet of a mental hospital in Norway in 1981. The 1st original was burned though.
The recent film, "Passion of the Christ" was not the only "passion" film to generate controversy. This film was thought to be anti-England due to its protrayal of their treatment to Joan of Arc. The French were also upset that a non-French and non-Catholic man directed the film. The film's dialoge (by intertitles as it is a silent film) is based on actual transcripts of Joan's trial which have managed to survive also. The film is said to be very moving for some people just like Gibson's "Passion of the Christ." Not being Catholic, I am not sure of what many of the elements of either film may refer to.
The DVD has numerous special features as always.
Audio commentary by Dryer scholar Casper Tybjerg of Copenhagen University (he has a thick Danish accent that is very nice)
Optional soundtrack for Richard Einhorn's "Voices of Light" (a musical piece inspired by the film)alsong with an essay about the music and a libretto booklet.
Production design archive
History of the many different cuts and alternat versions of the film
Audio-only interview with the star's daughter, Hélène Falconetti.
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This is the actual trial text of St Joan of Arc put to silent film performance in the late 1920's. Falconetti, as Joan of Arc, is Remarkable. The film has a Powerful musical score and the acting is, bar none, some of the Best you will ever see. Subtitles are English and French. Excellent!
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This is a silent movie that has had music added to it in the past couple of decades. Even as a silent movie it is the best movie I have ever seen. The music makes it even more powerful. The performance by Renee Falconetti is one of the most powerful by any actress ever. This is the only movie she ever made and it is stunning. Be prepared to be emotionally exhausted when you get to the end.

I have not listened to commentaries so don't know about them.
Richard
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By T. Gamble on March 10 2010
Format: DVD
Spellbinding performance by Maria Falconetti!!! Very powerful film - beautifully directed and staged. New music soundtrack adds to the overall presentation. Highly recommended!!!
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By M. B. Alcat TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Jan. 7 2007
Format: DVD
"The Passion of Joan of Arc" is a silent film in black and white, directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer (1889-1968). It is not exactly the kind of movie I usually rent, but it is excellent, and I certainly don't regret having watched it.

The plot is based on the preserved transcripts of Joan of Arc's 1431 trial, in which she was accused of being under the influence of the devil, and condemned to die. Even though this film doesn't have colors, and despite the fact you cannot hear what the characters say, it is very easy to be enthralled by the way in which Dreyer tells this story. It is a real event, and he reenacts it for us.

This film is heartwrenching, but also powerful, and extremely well-made. In my opinion, "The Passion of Joan of Arc" is a classic you simply must see, even if you don't generally watch silent movies. After all, if you join a genius like Dreyer and someone with the talent and expressive face of the actress that plays Joan (Maria Falconetti), why do they need words for?

Belen Alcat
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Format: VHS Tape
I may not be religious, but I can tell a masterpiece of filmmaking when I see one. This movie is certainly that!
Just because this is a silent film should be no reason for anybody to suspect that the pace of this film is slow and boring, quite the opposite. The film builds with great suspense which is almost unbroken throughout, making what could have been routine and uninteresting conversations in the hands of another director glow with life as he shows us in detail the faces, personalities, and motivations of the people who judge Joan of Arc; he gives us whispered words passed between the characters, the indignation on their faces when their will is refused, even the quiet, heartbreaking regret of one of the priests who condemns her, which comes much too late to be of any use. All this is done with incredibly imaginative camera angles and wonderful pacing.
The composer of the music that goes with this film deserves as much credit as the director of TPoJoA, which is saying a lot! The orchestral + voices score to the movie is powerful, fascinating, and would be interesting to listen to on its own; combine it with the movie and the effect is astounding; it perfectly captures every mood shown in the movie, amplifying them twofold.
The final scene in the movie was one of the most horrific scenes I've ever seen in a movie, rivaling the scene in Elem Klimov's "Come and See" (probably the most powerful war movie to come out of the USSR) where an entire Belorussian village is burnt to the ground with all of the inhabitants still inside.
Certainly a movie that must be seen to be believed. It will have less significance for you if you are not religious, but all the same it should be seen. You will not be bored, neither by the movie nor by the accompanying score.
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