The Passion of Joan of Arc

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In Brief: Carl Theodor Dreyer’s silent film about the trial and execution of Joan of Arc is often cited as “one of the best films ever made” — something that too often means you’re about to get cinematic cauliflower (it’s good for you, but you may not much like it). Yet Dreyer’s film remains among the most strikingly unusual cinema you’re ever likely to see. The Passion is certainly austere, but it differs from the bulk of Dreyer’s work in that it’s much faster-paced (albeit hardly action-packed), and resultantly more accessible. Mesmerizing and powerful, The Passion of Joan of Arc is a masterpiece of filmmaking. This excerpt was taken from a review by Ken Hanke, published on July 13, 2005.
Genre: Historical Drama
Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer
Starring: René Maria Falconetti, Eugene Silvain, Andre Berley, Maurice Schutz, Michel Simon
Rated: NR

The Asheville Film Society will screen The Passion of Joan of Arc on Tuesday, May 16, at 7:30 p.m. at The Grail Moviehouse, hosted by Xpress movie critic Scott Douglas.

About Ken Hanke
Head film critic for Mountain Xpress from December 2000 until his death in June 2016. Author of books "Ken Russell's Films," "Charlie Chan at the Movies," "A Critical Guide to Horror Film Series," "Tim Burton: An Unauthorized Biography of the Filmmaker."

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