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Criterion Collection: Joan of Arc [DVD] [1928] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Renée Maria Falconetti , Eugene Silvain    DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Renée Maria Falconetti, Eugene Silvain, André Berley, Maurice Schutz, Antonin Artaud
  • Format: Black & White, Dolby, DVD-Video, Silent, Special Edition, NTSC
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Criterion
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Oct 1999
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0780022343
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 86,338 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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Criterion have come up trumps again with this great DVD of Carl Dreyer's legendary 1928 silent film. This is the most complete print known to exist, the so-called 'Oslo version', which was discovered in a Norwegian mental hospital of all places in 1981.
The transfer is superb, made all the more so by the option of playing the film with Richard Einhorn's superb 'Voices of Light' score. The DVD also features a commentary and an interview with Falconetti's daughter. If you love great films, this is a must-have.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Why do they need words for? 20 Oct 2006
"The Passion of Joan of Arc" is a silent film in black and white, directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer (1889-1968). It is not exactly the kind of movie I usually rent, but it is excellent, and I certainly don't regret having watched it.

The plot is based on the preserved transcripts of Joan of Arc's 1431 trial, in which she was accused of being under the influence of the devil, and condemned to die. Even though this film doesn't have colors, and despite the fact you cannot hear what the characters say, it is very easy to be enthralled by the way in which Dreyer tells this story. It is a real event, and he reenacts it for us.

This film is heartwrenching, but also powerful, and extremely well-made. In my opinion, "The Passion of Joan of Arc" is a classic you simply must see, even if you don't generally watch silent movies. After all, if you join a genius like Dreyer and someone with the talent and expressive face of the actress that plays Joan (Maria Falconetti), why do they need words for?

Belen Alcat
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best movie of Saint Joan ever 5 Oct 2007
It is hard for me to believe that such a movie that is so moving and well filmed was produced in 1928. Words are not needed. Maria Falconetti fantastic acting, via showing emotion is has to be the best performance in a silent film of all time. Or, I should say all film, for you feel and understand what she is going through. After seeing this, you will wonder why she is not the most famous actress of all time. Without even one word being spoken. You have to own this film. And feel what Joan of Arc went through while on trial by the Church.
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By technoguy VINE VOICE
In 1920 Joan of Arc was canonized by the Catholic church.The peasant girl who believed she had direct communion with God,protesting she was a valid vessel for God's word and as part of her mission dressed like a man to drive the English out of France.She defended what she'd done over many months of interrogation,even tried to integrate by wearing woman's dress,then stepped back from it and recanted,after cracking.Deemed heretic by the church tribunal for the fact she wore men's clothes and that she believed she was sent by God to save France,obeying the voices of God or angels.She'd outlived her usefulness for the French,the English and Burgundians had come to a deal.For Charles to have anything to do with her would be heresy.She was burned at the stake in 1431 Rouen.The retrial 20 years later found her innocent, when the French had recovered Normandy and Rouen,and it was politically expedient.The Joan we know is a creation of the 19th century 3rd Republic when different parties claimed her as a figure of national unity.Dreyer concentrates on trial and execution to focus on her inescapable fate.

Dreyer has a sympathy for women in his work and hates their oppression.Dreyer is regarded as the greatest artist in Danish cinema,though it was in France he directed his 1st masterpiece,The Passion of Joan of Arc(1928),with its remarkable leading performance by Renee Falconetti in her only screen role.This film inspired Godard and he shows Nana,his heroine in Vivre Sa Vivre moved to tears by another woman whose fate is decided by men. Dreyer's Joan of Arc was a 'hymn to the triumph of the soul over life'.
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