The Passion of Joan of Arc
La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc
1928, Carl Theodor Dreyer, France, 82 min. With Renée Falconetti.
- Fri, Jan 19th 6:30pm
- Sat, Jan 20th 6:30pm
- Sun, Jan 21st 3:00pm
- Mon, Jan 22nd 6:00pm
- Tue, Jan 23rd 8:00pm
- Thu, Jan 25th 6:00pm
"One of the greatest of all movies" — Pauline Kael
"Like all the greatest films, it reinvents the world from the ground up." — Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
Dreyer's masterpiece is frequently and rightfully ranked among the handful of greatest films ever made (it was #9 in the 2012 Sight & Sound poll). Set during the final hours of Joan's life and based on verbatim court records, the film is no sanctimonious sermon, but an unrelentingly intense, soul-shaking experience. Joan's faith is like a bomb set off in a rigidly stratified medieval society, bringing not serenity and reassurance but chaos and upheaval. No less than BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN, this is a film about revolution, and, like Eisenstein, Dreyer employs a revolutionary style, upending conventional methods of framing, editing, lighting, and camera movement to produce a film that looks like no other, even among Dreyer's highly idiosyncratic work. New 2K DCP digital restoration. (MR)
Silent film with live piano accompaniment by Dave Drazin on Sunday. Other screenings with prerecorded scores as follows: the choral work "Voices of Light" by Richard Einhorn (Fri., Mon., Thu.); or a new score by Adrian Utley of Portishead & Will Gregory of Goldfrapp (Sat., Tue.).