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With its stunning camerawork 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. Criterion is proud to present this milestone of silent cinema in a new special edition featuring composer Richard Einhorn's Voices of Light, an original opera/oratorio inspired by the film.
Criterion's release of Carl Dreyer's landmark film The Passion of Joan of Arc is a definitive example of DVD restoration. Initially believed to be lost forever in a fire, this transfer was created at 24 frames per second from a negative of the rediscovered original version. For a film released in 1928, The Passion of Joan of Arc looks absolutely remarkable. As with most silent films, Dreyer's Joan was originally presented to audiences with different pieces of music. Criterion has chosen composer Richard Einhorn's Voices of Light for this edition. Inspired by the film, Einhorn's piece, presented in 5.1 surround sound, is a wonderful compliment to Dreyer's visual presentation. Notable extras include a history of the film's many versions and an audio interview with Renee Falconetti's daughter. However, by far the best "extra" is Dreyer scholar Casper Tybjerg's incredible commentary that informatively combines rich details of the film's importance and content with known historical elements of St. Joan's life, trial and death. --Rob Bracco
Carl Theodor Dreyer's feature film 'La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc' (Paris: Société Gėnėrale des Films, 1928) is, in my view, one of the finest films ever produced. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Joseph A. Haran Jr.
I actually found out about this movie by accident.I was driving to work one night,and heard the most beautiful music... Read morePublished 1 month ago by ellafan
The best accounting of the life of Joan of Arc that
I have EVER found..just the amazing making of this film AND the further amazing restoration of
it is a tribute to... Read more
... is only Keystone Cops kind of comedies or overly melodramatic acted dramas then watch "The Passion Of Joan Of Arc". Read morePublished 2 months ago by Janet Chandler
Fantastic movie with extra ordinary acting and a testament to the problems religion can create, no matter how well intended,Published 5 months ago by M Jay 12345
I had my doubts when I purchased this. I doubt no more. It is a great film. I found the acting in it to be refreshingly good--that includes the supporting actors--not over the top... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jim Sitnik
If you are not use to this type of film genre read the booklet first. This is very artsy film.Published 6 months ago by Jill