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The Passion of Joan of Arc (La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc)1928

The Passion of Joan of Arc (La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc) (1928)



Critic Consensus: The Passion of Joan of Arc is must-see cinema for Renée Maria Falconetti's incredible performance alone -- and an all-time classic for innumerable other reasons.

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With its stunning camera work and striking compositions, Carl Th. Dreyer's The Passion of Joan of Arc convinced the world that movies could be art. Renée Falconetti gives one of the greatest performances ever recorded on film as the young maiden who died for God and France. Long thought to have been lost to fire, the original version was miraculously found in perfect condition in 1981 in a Norwegian mental institution.

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Maria Falconetti
as Joan of Arc
Eugene Silvain
as Bishop Pierre Couchon
Eugene Silvain
as Bishop Cauchon
Michel Simon
as Jean Lemaitre
Maurice Schutz
as Nicholas Loyseleur
Antonin Artaud
as Jean Massieu
as Jean Beaupere
André Berley
as Jean d'Estivet
Jean D'Yd
as Guillaume Erard
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Critic Reviews for The Passion of Joan of Arc (La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc)

All Critics (59) | Top Critics (14)

The composition of the pictures is extremely beautiful, and the deliberation of the movement allows time for their beauty, and the poignancy of Mlle. Falconetti's acting, to produce a cumulative effect.

July 8, 2020 | Full Review…

This is neither a hopeful nor a hopeless film, but one of feeling so colossal and resplendent, it can't be constrained by prison or consumed by fire.

November 22, 2017 | Full Review…

In the hands of the great Danish director Carl Theodor Dreyer it becomes a potent saga of battered faith, vicious bullying and personal torment.

February 27, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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.

May 26, 2008 | Full Review…

Dreyer's radical approach to constructing space and the slow intensity of his mobile style make this "difficult" in the sense that, like all the greatest films, it reinvents the world from the ground up.

February 9, 2007

One of the most inspired and inspiring films ever made.

December 30, 2006 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Passion of Joan of Arc (La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc)

Baffling us with spectacular visuals and one of the most magnificent performances in the history of Cinema, it is nearly unbelievable how Dreyer made such a stunning masterpiece solely from rejected material after his original master print had been accidentally destroyed.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


Very simple and minimalistic, yet very compelling and harrowing. What I found intriguing - and a bit bizarre, knowing how meticulous Dreyer could be - was that single shot where one of the priests was clearly seen wearing 20th century glasses. Why would he have left it in? Was it a reference to someone?

vieras esine
vieras esine

Super Reviewer

With breathtaking visuals and a potent story, it's hard to believe this was released in 1928.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

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