The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928, Silent)
Saturday, October 15, 8PM
Scottish Rite Red Room
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 hours leading up to her execution, Danish master Carl Theodor Dreyer depicts her torment with startling immediacy, employing an array of techniques—expressionistic lighting, interconnected sets, 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.
This critically acclaimed 1928 silent film is brought to life with a haunting new score, which re-imagines this classic with a modern urgency. Combining electronic music with string quartet, and sacred chant by a four-voice choir, composer George Sarah has crafted an unforgettable visual and auditory experience.
Directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer
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