Spiritual rapture and institutional hypocrisy are brought to stark, vivid life in one of the most transcendent achievements of the silent era. Chronicling the trial of Joan of Arc in the final hours leading up to her execution, Danish master Carl Theodor Dreyer depicts her torment with startling immediacy, employing an array of techniques—including expressionistic lighting, interconnected sets, and painfully intimate close-ups— to immerse viewers in her subjective experience. Anchoring Dreyer’s audacious formal experimentation is a legendary performance by Renée Falconetti, whose haunted face channels both the agony and the ecstasy of martyrdom. Thought to have been lost to fire, the film’s original version was miraculously found in perfect condition in 1981 in a Norwegian mental institution, heightening the mythic status of this widely revered masterwork.
Long available only in rare prints that necessitated live accompaniment, The Passion of Joan of Arc returns to screens in a new restoration.
We will be screening the film with composer Richard Einhorn’s acclaimed Voices Of Light score for our Saturday, Dec. 23, Thursday, Dec. 28, and Saturday, Dec. 30 screenings, and will also present the film with its alternate score, by Adrian Utley and Will Gregory (Goldfrapp/Portishead) on Sunday, Dec. 24, Wednesday, Dec. 27, and Friday, Dec. 29. See showtimes for details.