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Passion of Joan of Arc (The)

France, French, 110 mins

Original Title

La passion de Jeanne d'Arc
  • Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer
  • Writer: Joseph Delteil; Carl Theodor Dreyer

CGiii Comment

Why this is in the top 250 films of all time...is a mystery.
It's terrible...a tedious stream of close-ups of a rather butch and tearful woman interspersed with close-ups of old, angry men...where's the art in that for Christ's sake?
Just because it's old doesn't mean it's good.

Overrated by the usual pseudo-film-intellectuals. Where is a film academic when you need one?!?



The(ir) Blurb...

The sufferings of a martyr, Jeanne D'Arc (1412-1431). Jeanne appears in court where Cauchon questions her and d'Estivet spits on her. She predicts her rescue, is taken to her cell, and judges forge evidence against her. In her cell, priests interrogate her and judges deny her the Mass. Threatened first in a torture chamber and then offered communion if she will recant, she refuses. At a cemetery, in front of a crowd, a priest and supporters urge her to recant; she does, and Cauchon announces her sentence. In her cell, she explains her change of mind and receives communion. In the courtyard at Rouen castle, she burns at the stake; the soldiers turn on the protesting crowd.

Cast & Characters

Maria Falconetti as Jeanne d'Arc;
Eugene Silvain as Évêque Pierre Cauchon;
Andre Berley as Jean d'Estivet;
Maurice Schutz as Nicolas Loyseleur;
Antonin Artaud as Jean Massieu;
Michel Simon as Jean Lemaître;
Jean d'Yd as Guillaume Evrard;
Louis Ravet as Jean Beaupère;
Armand Lurville as Juge;
Jacques Arnna as Juge;
Alexandre Mihalesco as Juge;
Leon Larive as Juge;
Jean Ayme as Juge;
Gilbert Dacheux as Juge;
Gilbert Dalleu as Jean Lemaitre

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