The Passion of Joan of ArcAugust 19, 2012 at 3:51 PM | Posted in Movies | 4 Comments
Tags: Carl Theodor Dreyer, Renée Falconetti, The Passion of Joan of Arc
For those who forgive regimes for the torture of the innocent, who can justify, somehow, the need for large, generally male dominated organizations to put their ongoing existence above the people they purport to serve, who think of the Inquisition, the Witch Trials, the Holocaust, the Killing Fields, the harboring of pedophile priests, pedophile coaches as mere aberrations and not the direct result of an organized effort to stamp out any affront or embarrassment to Power, then The Passion of Joan of Arc is not for them.
They would miss what may be the greatest movie ever made — certainly the most profound, mesmerizing, most wrenching I have ever seen. This Silent (though not silent) Film was made in France in 1928 and by a miracle was discovered, wonderfully preserved, in Denmark in 1981.
The performance by Renée Falconetti as Joan must be seen to be believed. Nothing can compare to it.