Spiritual rapture and institutional hypocrisy come to stark, vivid life in one of the most transcendent masterpieces of the silent era. Chronicling the trial of Joan of Arc in the hours leading up to her execution, Danish master Carl Theodor Dreyer depicts her torment with startling immediacy, employing an array of techniques—expressionistic lighting, interconnected sets, painfully intimate close-ups—to immerse viewers in her subjective experience. Anchoring Dreyer’s audacious formal experimentation is a legendary performance by Renée Falconetti, whose haunted face channels both the agony and the ecstasy of martyrdom.

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98% TOMATOMETER

Critics Consensus: The Passion of Joan of Arc is must-see cinema for Renee Maria Falconetti's incredible performance alone -- and an all-time classic for innumerable other reasons.

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Studio
The Criterion Collection
Genre
Independent
Released
Copyright
© 1928 Gaumont

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Primary
French (Stereo, Dolby 5.1)

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