Passion of Joan of Arc [Criterion Collection]


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The Passion of Joan of Arc (La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc) is widely regarded as Danish director Carl Theodor Dreyer's finest achievement and one of the greatest films of all time. Dreyer recreates the trial and execution of St. Joan with near-documentary authenticity, as if one were present at the actual 15th century event and both defendant and accusers were the genuine article. The director's use of huge, probing close-ups -- detailing every pockmark and even the saliva at the sides of the mouths -- adds a shocking immediacy that makes it hard to believe that this film dates from 1928. As Joan, Maria Falconetti (in her only film) transcends mere praise. The Passion of Joan of Arc is a silent film, but the original transcripts of Joan's trial are brilliantly conveyed by the pantomime of the actors. The film's title is supremely double-edged -- Joan's "passion" is shown to be as erotic as it is spiritual. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Release Date
MPAA Rating
NR -- Not rated
1 hour, 21 minutes
  • Dolby Digital w/ sub-woofer channel
  • silent
  • USA & territories, Canada
  • English
Video 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
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