“As the sun went down Joan’s heart was sunk in the river, the heart which from that time became the heart of France, just as she herself was the incarnation of the eternal France.”

— Final subtitles from the silent film “The Passion of Joan of Arc“, 1928, director Carl Theodor Dreyer, 50 Greatest Films of All Time – British Film Institute


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” The original negatives were destroyed by fire in the 1930s, forever, or so it was believed, and after several attempts to recreate it, a perfect print surfaced in 1981 in the unlikely venue of a Norwegian mental asylum. Given how disturbing the movie is and how moving is Renée Maria Falconetti’s central performance, the place of discovery is strangely fitting. In the film there’s a deliberate, sometimes perverse disruption of screen space, particularly in the harrowing scenes of interrogation, where rapidly cut sequences punctuate painfully long close-ups. Moreover, the choice of genre – the courtroom drama, with its roots in theatre and its reliance on dialogue – is an odd choice for a silent movie. Yet its power is undeniable and The Passion of Joan of Arc regularly features in top 10 best film lists.”

source: https://www.theguardian.com/music/musicblog/2015/jul/07/passion-of-joan-of-arc-silent-film-soundtrack-orlando-consort-carl-theodor-dreyer

 

 

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