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A.k.a.
The Passion of Joan of Arc
Year
1928
Runtime
110 min.
Director
Carl Th. Dreyer
Genres
Drama, Biography, History
Rating *
8.3
Votes *
27,140
Checks
8,897
Favs
1,147
Dislikes
69
Favs/checks
12.9% (1:8)
Favs/dislikes
17:1
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  1. tk338's avatar

    tk338

    This is an extraordinary film and may arguably represent silent cinema at its peak. The power of the close-up, the human face, and the expressionistic style. It changes you to watch The Passion of Joan of Arc. You emerge from the experience as a changed person, having taken the journey of Joan's final days with the mesmerizing Maria Falconetti, a performance for all time. I loved the score by Richard Einhorn, "Voices of Light." The film is deeply spiritual and a true masterpiece of the art form. In comparison to the wave of current religion projects on film and television, they just retell familiar stories; this is transcendent, a completely religious experience. Very highly recommended. 3 years ago
  2. Brantastic16's avatar

    Brantastic16

    INCREDIBLE. Engaging and emotionally draining from start to finish. Falconetti's crying face will forever be ingrained into my mind. 5 years 7 months ago
  3. dombrewer's avatar

    dombrewer

    Saw this for the second time tonight - this time with a live orchestra - and it confirms for me that it is without question one of the best films ever made. I don't understand how anyone could think the acting is anything other than sublime - Falconetti puts in a performance fifty years ahead of her time. Compare with any other screen performance of the 20s, all that quaint theatrical mugging and melodrama (Sunrise? Oh please!), and she blows absolutely everyone out of the water. It's practically a modern performance, utterly committed and deeply felt. Dreyer's direction is also mind-blowingly modern for 1928. It's hard to believe this was made when cinema was still in its infancy. Breathtaking. 5 years 11 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #1 in Top 100 Spiritually Significant Films
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  2. This movie ranks #4 in 1920s
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  3. This movie ranks #7 in Silent but not Forgotten: The best silent films
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  4. This movie ranks #7 in The Top 300 Silent Era Films
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  5. This movie ranks #10 in History
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  6. This movie ranks #11 in Biography
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  7. This movie ranks #11 in Roger Ebert: the great movies
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  8. This movie ranks #12 in Sight and Sound 2012 - Combined List
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  9. This movie ranks #16 in They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?
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  10. This movie ranks #27 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
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  11. This movie ranks #41 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
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  12. This movie ranks #47 in The British Film Institute: 360 Classics
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  13. This movie ranks #57 in TimeOut' 100 Best French Films
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  14. This movie ranks #62 in The Criterion Collection
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  15. This movie ranks #64 in Cahiers du cinéma 100
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  16. This movie ranks #72 in Have You Seen? A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films
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  17. This movie ranks #76 in Harvard University's Suggested Film Viewing List: Narrative Films (2012)
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  18. This movie ranks #78 in Times' 100 Best French Films
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  19. This movie ranks #82 in The Story of Film: An Odyssey
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  20. This movie ranks #84 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Films
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  21. This movie ranks #102 in FOK! top 250
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  23. This movie ranks #181 in Masters Of Cinema
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  24. This movie ranks #193 in Anthology Film Archives' Essential Cinema
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  25. This movie ranks #684 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
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