The Passion of Joan of Arc

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The Passion of Joan of Arc - Criterion Collection
“The Passion of Joan of Arc - Criterion Collection” (Carl Theodor Dreyer)

I've always wanted to see this film. Still haven't, but the wait time is apparently greatly reduced, if the USPS performs their role appropriately.
Shipped: The Passion of Joan of Arc Widely considered director Carl Theodor Dreyer's finest achievement and one of the greatest movies of all time, this stunning emotional drama recounts the events surrounding Joan of Arc's 1431 heresy trial, burning at the stake and subsequent martyrdom. Maria Falconetti turns in a haunting performance as the young French saint. The film's original version, thought to have been lost to fire, was miraculously found in perfect condition in 1981.

The film is accompanied by Richard Einhorn's Voices of Light, an original orchestral work inspired by the film and performed by renowned choral ensemble Anonymous 4, the Nederlands Radio Choir and the Nederlands Radio Philharmonic

If memory serves, Digby's guest blogger, tristero, is responsible for writing the score that now accompanies the DVD.

Carl Theodor Dreyer originally intended The Passion of Joan of Arc to be shown without musical accompaniment, however a score by Richard Einhorn is on all versions of the film available today.

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I saw this film in Brazil without sound. It was quite impressive, harrowing would be the word? Indeed, the actress conveys so many expressions and the film just goes to show how intolerance kills.

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