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The Passion of Joan of Arc

Dir: Carl Theodor Dreyer
Cast: Maria Falconetti, Eugene Silvain, André Berley
150mins   1928   France   PG    Subtitled   

Words Without Sound silent film festival

In 1431, after leading numerous military battles and skirmishes against the English during the Hundred Years War, Jeanne d'Arc is captured and placed on trial on charges of heresy by French clergymen who have sworn allegiance to the English.

Based on actual historical records of the trail of Joan of Arc, this cinematic landmark is most renowned for its production (such as the huge concrete set based on medieval architecture) and for lead actor Renée Jeanne Falconetti's performance.

Screened as part of the Words Without Sound silent film festival, followed on Monday by Sunrise.

'To see Renee Maria Falconetti ... is to look into eyes that will never leave you' - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times