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The Passion of Joan of Arc (Drury @ The Moxie)

  • Starring: Maria Falconetti, Eugene Silvain, André Berley
  • Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer
  • Genre(s): Biography, Drama, History
  • Rating: NR
  • Running Time: 114 min.

Great insights to great films courtesy of Drury’s Humanities faculty.

This series is made possible by a grant from the Missouri Humanities Council.

The Passion of Joan of Arc (1929): 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]

Drury University professor Dr. Shelley Wolbrink will lead a post show discussion after the film.

"Dreyer's most universally acclaimed masterpiece remains one of the most staggeringly intense films ever made."
- Tony Rayns, Time Out
"It is the gifted performance of Maria Falconetti as the Maid of Orleans that rises above everything in this artistic achievement."
- Mordaunt Hall, New York Times
"Few films have earned classic status more than Carl Dreyer's 1928 silent study of the 15th-Century teenager who helped lead French troops against the British only to be tried as a heretic."
- John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press
"You cannot know the history of silent film unless you know the face of Renee Maria Falconetti."
- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"When one speaks of The Passion of Joan of Arc, the first image to come to mind is the beatific face of Maria Falconetti, whose expressive features give voice to the movie's silence."
- James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"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."
- Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader