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The Passion of Joan of Arc

Spine #62

Mar 20, 2018

Number of Discs: 1

  • 1.33:1 Standard
  • Taiwanese DTS-HD 5.1 Surround
  • English subtitles

The Passion of Joan of Arc

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Directed By: Carl Th. Dreyer
Licensor: Gaumont
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Spiritual rapture and institutional hypocrisy come to stark, vivid life in one of the most transcendent masterpieces of the silent era. Chronicling the trial of Joan of Arc in the days 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.

  • Audio essay by Casper Tybjerg, a Dreyer scholar from the University of Copenhagen
  • An extensive production design archive
  • A history of Passion
  • Alternate presentation of the film at 20 frames per second with original Danish intertitles
  • Three scores: Richard Einhorn’s Voices of Light, a choral and orchestral work performed by vocal group Anonymous 4, soloist Susan Narucki, and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic and Choir; another by Goldfrapp’s Will Gregory and Portishead’s Adrian Utley; and the third composed and performed by pianist Mie Yanashita
  • New interview with Robert Einhorn
  • New conversation between Will Gregory and Adrian Utley
  • New video essay by Casper Tybjerg exploring the debate over the film’s frame rate
  • Interview from 1995 with actor Renée Falconetti’s daughter and biographer, Hélène Falconetti
  • An essay by critic Mark Le Fanu, a 1929 director’s statement by Carl Th. Dreyer, and the full libretto for


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