The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)

Joan-of-arc21Another film I watched for a film studies module. Its a film about the trial and execution of Joan of Arc. Starring Renee Falconetti.

This film is another one which finds itself among the ‘Greatest Film Ever Made’ lists. While I can see where that line of thinking comes from, I don’t think it is the greatest film ever made. It is certainly among the Top 10 though.

Most of the film is taken up with shots of Falconetti’s anguished face, as well as low shots of the smug, taunting faces of the ‘learned’ judges.

The score by Richard Einhorn – his ‘Voices Of Light’ added further nuance and drama to the film, even if it wasn’t the original score written for the film upon its release in 1927.

This film may not appeal to everyone (not everyone likes 1.5hrs of a film shot in close up, mainly involving faces) but its still a very good film nonetheless.

MY RATING: ***.5 / *****

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