The Passion of Joan of Arc

Silent Film/Drama | Silent Film, French titles | 82 minutes

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During the Hundred Years’ War in the 15th century, Joan of Arc led the French to many victories against the English. Eventually, Joan was captured and brought to Rouen to stand trial before French clergymen loyal to the English. The charge was heresy. On May 30, 1431, Joan was harshly interrogated. The court prosecutors attempted to have Joan disavow her claim God gave her the mission to drive the English from the country. Joan remained steadfast to the point that several members of the court believed Joan to be a saint. When Joan was threatened to be burned at the stake, she signed a confession. But she soon realized that by signing the confession, she was betraying God. She recanted her confession. As the flames rose around her at the stake, women wept and a man cried out, “Vous avez brûlé une sainte,” meaning “You have burned a
saint.”

Cast

Renée Jeanne Falconetti (Joan of Arc)
Gilbert Dalleu (Jean Lemaitre, Vice Inquisitor)

Why Stream This Film?
In a poll of 2,000 critics, the Village Voice ranked the film as the 8th
greatest film of the 20th century.
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 98%
  • Metacritic Score: 98
Accolades
  • National Board of Review, USA: Winner, Best Foreign Film
  • Received a perfect 100 score from Christian Science Monitor and The Guardian.
“One of the greatest of all films…Falconetti’s Joan may be the finest performance ever recorded
on film.”
Pauline Kael

The New Yorker

“For while Carl Dreyer, a Dane, is responsible for the conspicuously fine and imaginative use of the camera, it is the gifted performance of Maria Falconetti as the Maid of Orleans that rises above everything in this artistic achievement.”
Mordaunt Hall

The New York Times

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