The Passion of Joan of Arc (La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc)
The Passion of Joan of Arc (La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc) (1928)

The Passion of Joan of Arc (La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc) is widely regarded as Danish director Carl Theodor Dreyer's finest achievement and one of the greatest films of all time. Dreyer recreates the trial and execution of St. Joan… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 21, 1928
DVD Release Date: November 9, 1999
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Here is a deadly tiresome picture that merely makes an attempt to narrate without sound or dialog an allegedly written recorded trial in the 15th or 16th century of Joan of Arc for witchery, leading to her condemnation and burning at the stake.

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Mordaunt Hall
New York Times

It is the gifted performance of Maria Falconetti as the Maid of Orleans that rises above everything in this artistic achievement.

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Sarah Boslaugh

...constructed largely of close-ups and was filmed on a single concrete set representing the prison where Joan of Arc was imprisoned ...

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Dreyer's radical approach to constructing space and the slow intensity of his mobile style make this "difficult" in the sense that, like all the greatest films, it reinvents the world from the ground up.

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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press

Few films have earned classic status more than Carl Dreyer's 1928 silent study of the 15th-Century teenager who helped lead French troops against the British only to be tried as a heretic.

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Claire Litton

While strong with French nationalistic sentiment, it was made by a Danish director and a German designer, but its powerful message speaks to people of all nations.

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Tony Rayns
Time Out

Dreyer's most universally acclaimed masterpiece remains one of the most staggeringly intense films ever made.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

You cannot know the history of silent film unless you know the face of Renee Maria Falconetti.

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Philip French
Observer (UK)

This was Falconetti's only major film and over a period of a year under Dreyer's direction (a combination of cruelty and patience), her extraordinarily expressive face made for one of the greatest, most harrowing screen performances.

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Flixster Audience Score: 93% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
Tonight, Sunday 7/22 Midnight E.S.T. Turner Classics
Graham Jones
With breathtaking visuals and a potent story, it's hard to believe this was released in 1928.
Carlos Magalhães
Baffling us with spectacular visuals and one of the most magnificent performances in the history of Cinema, it is nearly unbelievable how Dreyer made such a… More
Reid Volk
Four stars for the film, an extra half of a star for how utterly brilliant Falconetti is. Whether it was Dreyer's idea to make her kneel upon stone or her… More
vieras esine
Very simple and minimalistic, yet very compelling and harrowing. What I found intriguing - and a bit bizarre, knowing how meticulous Dreyer could be - was that… More
Aj V
Wow, this movie is beautifully made. I highly recommend seeing this movie, it's intensely dramatic, and visually brilliant, and the actors are just… More