17. The Passion of Joan of Arc – Carl Theodor Dreyer (1928)

First Viewing.

Wow. If Maria Falconetti’s performance as Joan doesn’t move you in a significant way then I would suggest contacting a therapist or, perhaps, an undertaker. I can honestly say that I’ve never been more captured and entranced by a performance than by what I have just witnessed by Falconetti, (which is saying something indeed when you consider this is a silent picture!) Richard Einhorn’s “Voices of Light” score, recorded years after the film’s completion, just adds to the everlasting beauty.

Marks out of ten – Ten


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