The Passion of Joan of Arc

Dir. Carl Dreyer (1928). One of the last great works of the silent era, Dreyer's masterpiece chronologically follows the sequence of the iniquitous trial, the death sentence and Joan's execution. Few films, before or since, have contained such a high proportion of extraordinary facial closeups. In the title role, Marie Falconetti gives an awesomely impressive performance—it's astonishing that this is the only film she ever made.
Sat., Jan. 16, 6 p.m., 2010

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