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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) d. Carl Th. Dreyer

Joan of Arc

Movie Review
The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
d. Carl Th. Dreyer
Criterion Collection #62


  Oh yeah so this is a silent film.  And by silent I mean totally silent- no score- nothing.  Just sitting in my living room in silence for the 82 minute run time.  The story behind this Criterion Collection edition is more interesting then the film.  The Passion of Joan of Arc was thought to be "lost" until in intact copy was found in, of all places, a Norwegian insane asylum because OF COURSE IT WAS.

This guy.

  Criterion then paid to have the movie restored frame by frame, no mean feat considering it was shot on Nitrate film- the kind that Tarantino used in Inglorious Basterds to blow up Hitler.

  The result is... an 82 minute silent film.  Wooo woooooo.  Basically it's the actress above making that face for the entire movie, interspersed with shots of the inquisitors.  I can see why you wouldn't want to watch this movie.

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