Criterion Collection: Joan of Arc [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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Home Vision Cinema and The Criterion Collection are proud to present the home video premiere of Carl Dreyer's digitally-remastered cinematic triumph. Features Richard Einhorn's brilliant orchestral piece "Voices Of Light," and a demonstration of the film's restoration.
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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.
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?
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'.Read more ›
We all know the story so well that there are no surprises - save that of Joan herself. Her overwhelming expression of pious fanaticism is very disconcerting initially though one does get used to it and she does in places move one emotionally.
The film, of course, is silent but the musical sound-track is beautifully and aptly wrought and undoubtedly enhances the director's intentions. Altogether I believe this is a useful and worthwhile account of the Passion of Jeanne d'Arc and will be of special interest to lovers and collectors of unusual cinema.
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