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Carl Theodor Dreyer

La passion de Jeanne d'Arc (The Passion of Joan of Arc)

114' - 1928 - Drama, Biography - Dialogue: no dialogue, French
Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer With: Maria Falconetti, Eugene Silvain, André Berley
One of the greatest of all movies. The director, Carl Dreyer, based the script on the trial records, and the testimony appears to be given for the first time. (Cocteau wrote that this film "seems like a historical document from an era in which the cinema didn't exist.") As the five gruelling cross-examinations follow each other, Dreyer turns the camera on the faces of Joan and the judges, and in giant closeups he reveals his interpretation of their emotions. In this enlargement Joan and her persecutors are shockingly fleshly-isolated with their sweat, warts, spittle, and tears, and (as no one used makeup) with startingly individual contours, features, and skin.

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Carl Theodor Dreyer


Maria Falconetti, Eugene Silvain, André Berley


Carl Theodor Dreyer, Joseph Delteil

Director of Photography

Rudolph Maté


Marguerite Beaugé, Carl Theodor Dreyer

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no dialogue, French

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