With its stunning camerawork and striking compositions, Carl Th. Dreyer’s The Passion of Joan of Arc convinced the world that movies could be art. Renée Falconetti gives one of the greatest performances ever recorded on film, as the young maiden who died for God and France. Long thought to have been lost to fire, the original version was miraculously found in perfect condition in 1981—in a Norwegian mental institution. Criterion is proud to present this milestone of silent cinema in a new special edition featuring composer Richard Einhorn’s Voices of Light, an original opera/oratorio inspired by the film. —The Criterion Collection
Carl Theodor Dreyer was born out of wedlock to a Swedish housekeeper, Josefina Nilsson (1855-1891), who gave him up for adoption immediately after. The first year and a half of his life was turbulent, but the little boy finally found a home with the Dreyer family and was named Carl Theodor after his adoptive father. Dreyer’s birth mother died not long after his eventual adoption. Several film scholars have interpreted Dreyer’s frequent depictions of tragic women as an autobiographical element in his films.
Dreyer began his career as a reporter, specialising in aviation early on, in 1910-1913. Himself an active balloonist, he got a balloonist’s certificate in November 1911. Alongside his journalism, he wrote screenplays. His first realised script was Bryggerens Datter (Dagmar) (Rasmus Ottesen, 1912), produced by Det Skandinavisk-russiske Handelshus. In 1913-1918, he worked as a script consultant and writer at Nordisk Film, where he also made his directorial debut… read more
Such a painful film to endure, Dreyer cuts you no slack whatsoever. It's always those faces: sinister, sleazy, impotent or suffering. It seems appropriate that the champion of the theater of cruelty (towards the audience) Artaud is the stand-in for the viewer in this film which has such a relentlessly sadistic intent (that is not a value judgement: I admire the film as I suffer it) towards me, the viewer.
I think this film might have the highest ratio of 5 star ratings among the people I follow. Well deserved.
A pair of stunning giant posters for Dreyer’s masterpiece, and other over-sized posters by the artist René Péron.
The British magazine unveils the results of their 2012 poll of the greatest films of all time.
Marco de Gastyne’s rival Joan of Arc movie hit theaters the year after Dreyer’s, and triumphed. But who remembers it now?
Also: The Passion of Joan of Arc accompanied by Adrian Utley (Portishead) and Will Gregory (Goldfrapp).
The Carl Theodor Dreyer retrospective at the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley has been going on since the beginning of the month and runs
From Martin Arnold's Jeanne (2002), currently being projected at the Bell Lightbox.
Anna Faris in "Smiley Face" (2007) & Maria Falconetti in "The Passion of Joan of Arc" (1928) "I will never find the way to say how much
The Interrogation (Bugajski, 1982): two shots of Krystyna Janda as a political prisoner, which remind me of Maria Falconetti in Dreyer's
Above: The Bride of Glomdale (1926). Image courtesy of The Danish Film Institute/Stills & Posters Archive. Almost all early Carl Th
The Brooklyn Academy of Music will be running a Carl Th. Dreyer retrospective, appropriately and monolithically titled DREYER, from March 13
1 My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? Why are you so far away when I groan for help? 2 Every day I call to you, my God, but you do not answer. Every night you hear my voice, but I find no relief… read review
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“The Passion Of Joan Of Arc” is arguably the best, if not the greatest “silent” film ever made and greatest film of all time. This film was done with precise… read review