With its stunning camerawork and striking compositions, Carl Th. Dreyer's The Passion of Joan of Arc convinced the world that movies could be art. Renee Falconetti gives one of the greatest performances ever recorded on film, as the young maiden who died for God and France. Long thought to have been lost to fire, the original version was miraculously found in perfect condition in 1981 - in a Norwegian mental institution. Criterion is proud to present this milestone of silent cinema in a new special edition featuring composer Richard Einhorn's Voices of Light, an original opera/oratorio inspired by the film.
Carl Theodor Dreyer
Joseph Delteil; Carl Theodor Dreyer.
Maria Falconetti (Jeanne d'Arc (as Melle Falconetti)); Eugene Silvain (Évêque Pierre Cauchon (Bishop Pierre Cauchon) (as Eugène Silvain)); André Berley (Jean d'Estivet); Maurice Schutz (Nicolas Loyseleur); Antonin Artaud (Jean Massieu); Michel Simon (Jean Lemaître); Jean d'Yd (Guillaume Evrard); Louis Ravet (Jean Beaupère (as Ravet)); Armand Lurville (Juge (Judge) (as André Lurville)); Jacques Arnna (Juge (Judge)); Alexandre Mihalesco (Juge (Judge)); Léon Larive (Juge (Judge)). Please contact SFC to add other cast members and characters.
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