Joan of Arc (1948)

This film was something of a passion project for Ingrid Bergman. She’d been trying to get it made for years. It shows – she’s clearly invested in the story of Joan of Arc, and she does her best to deliver a worthy performance. Unfortunately, even if Renée Jeanne Falconetti’s vastly superior performance in Carl Dreyer’s…

The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)

A glorious, moving work of majesty. Maria Falconetti is spellbinding as Joan of Arc, and director Carl Dreyer’s claustrophobic cinematography, with nearly the entire film consisting of close-ups, emphasises he incredible range and emotivity. The soundtrack Criterion added for the release, Richard Einhorn’s “Voices of Light” was a 1990s work inspired by the film itself,…