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THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC
March 22 @ 18:30 - 20:00
THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC aka La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc screens at The Prince Charles Cinema (22 MAR 18:30):
A classic of the silent age, this film tells the story of the doomed but ultimately canonized 15th-century teenage warrior.
On trial for claiming she’d spoken to God, Jeanne d’Arc (Renee Falconetti) is subjected to inhumane treatment and scare tactics at the hands of church court officials (Eugene Silvain, Andre Berley). Initially bullied into changing her story, Jeanne eventually opts for what she sees as the truth. Her punishment, a famously brutal execution, earns her perpetual martyrdom.
“You cannot know the history of silent film unless you know the face of Renee Maria Falconetti. In a medium without words, where the filmmakers believed that the camera captured the essence of characters through their faces, to see Falconetti in Dreyer’s “The Passion of Joan of Arc” (1928) is to look into eyes that will never leave you.” rogerebert.com
90th Anniversary screening.