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tk338's avatar


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.
7 years 4 months ago
dombrewer's avatar


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.
10 years 3 months ago
Brantastic16's avatar


INCREDIBLE. Engaging and emotionally draining from start to finish. Falconetti's crying face will forever be ingrained into my mind.
9 years 11 months ago
seithscott's avatar


Very tense, beautiful and dark film about the hypocrisies of organized religion and the price one pays for their beliefs. The editing was great and wonderful acting from Maria Falconetti.
10 years 3 months ago
screwball27's avatar


Absolutely amazing performance from Falconetti. A film that truly deserves it's reputation as one of the finest pieces of cinema ever created.
7 years 9 months ago
Camille Deadpan's avatar

Camille Deadpan

Maria Falconetti is amazing. What a performance!
7 years 10 months ago
Dieguito's avatar


Brilliant, spiritually dense with all religion background! Sublime acting performance and direction.
9 years 12 months ago
grit's avatar


I actually cried at the end, very good, I must agree with the previous comments
9 years 11 months ago
Scratch47's avatar


WOW. Powerful...
(and when it comes to being burned alive, I don't think you can call anything overacting!)
10 years 4 months ago
tourdesb's avatar


One of the best movies of all time.
11 years 2 months ago
peterskb45's avatar


Believe the hype.
3 years 5 months ago
nrmnp's avatar


Emotional! Pitch-perfect!
8 years 11 months ago
Zeltaebar's avatar


This is as close a movie can come to being a religious experience. This did for Joan of Arc what Mel Gibson failed to do for Jesus with his Passion of the Christ.
10 years ago
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10 years 2 months ago
coolathlon's avatar


Wohoo: To be seen in May 2011, live, with orchestra.
10 years 3 months ago

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