La passion de Jeanne d’Arc (The Passion of Joan of Arc)


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La passion de Jeanne d’Arc (The Passion of Joan of Arc)

  1. Sunday, December 3, 2017 3:00 p.m.
Still image from the film The Passion of Joan of Arc

Silent film with live guitar accompaniment by Jason Fickel.


In La passion de Jeanne d’Arc, Dreyer draws on historical records to depict the vulnerability and strength of the cross-dressing warrior-mystic who led the French to victory against the English during the Hundred Years’ War (1337–1453). Arguably, La passion is as much a study in the moral topography of the human face as it is the epitome of courtroom drama. Its daring cinematography, which speaks eloquently even without dialogue, has been a lasting influence on arthouse and mainstream directors as diverse as Walter Salles, Atom Egoyan, and Michael Mann. Print courtesy of Academy Film Archive. (35mm Presentation)