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, so it makes for a very natural fit. I felt the soundtrack helped a lot with the pacing of the film too, it kept me immersed in the experience and enthralled even in slower moments, or when text intertitles were flashing on the screen.


It’s an extraordinarily powerful, unrelenting work of singular vision and spiritual strength. I give it five judges, and a false letter.

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