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The Passion of Joan of Arc

La passion de Jeanne d'Arc

Background Hundred Years' War between France and England during the 15th century.
Life and death of Joan of Arc 

Synopsis

With a script based on the actual trial records, this is the unforgettably dramatic and heart-wrenching story of the trial and death at the stake of Joan of Arc in Rouen in 1431.  
"Greatest and most important silent film ever made" (http://ForeignFilms.com)
"The film is considered by critics to be simply one of the 10 greatest films ever made" (see website about the Music)

Length

62 minutes

Director

Carl Dreyer, "one of the greatest directors in the history of cinema" (http://Hollywood.com/celebs). With his stunning camera work, Dreyer convinced the world that cinema could be art.

Main Actors

Renee Falconetti "still considered the best film performance ever" (http://ForeignFilms.com), Michel Simon, Antonin Artaud (both actors were to become very famous)

Year

1928

Music

In 1994 a new "medieval" soundtrack was added to the movie. "Voices Of Light" is an original oratorio for solo voices, chorus and orchestra by composer Richard Einhorn. The libretto for Voices of Light is a patchwork of visions, fantasies and reflections assembled from various ancient sources, notably the writings of medieval female mystics, such as Hildegard von Bingen and Christine de Pizan. There are also quotes from the Bible and from letters dictated by Joan of Arc. It is perfomed by a world-famous ensemble of four women called the Anonymous 4.

Discussion

1. Dozens of movies have been made about Joan of Arc. Why is this one considered the best although it dates back to 1927?
2. Why do you think the movie was "censored" after it was produced?
3. Renee Falconetti has only made this one film. Can you imagine why?
4. What does the word "passion" mean in this context?
5. Did the newly added music enhance the film or is it a distraction? Why?
6. Make a list of the symbols that are used in the movie.
7. Why do the judges say "YOUR" king when they talk about French King Charles VII?

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Websites

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Review: http://www.mylocalnightlife.com/moviereview.lasso?theid=21
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Jeanne d'Arc (Rouen, France)