La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc

Published 2018
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"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"--Container.

Uniform Title:
Passion de Jeanne d'Arc (Motion picture)
Two-DVD special edition.
2 videodiscs (81 min.) : DVD video, sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (39 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm)
DVD video 4 3/4 in.
digital optical
video file region 1
DVD video
Target Audience Note:
Rating: Not rated.
Other Title:
English title on container and disc label: Passion of Joan of Arc
Also known as: Jeanne d'Arc's lidelse og død
Title from title frame.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1928.
Full screen (1.33:1).
Special features: New high-definition digital restoration of the film by Gaumont, presented at 24 frames per second; Alternate presentation of the film at 20 frames per second with original Danish intertitles; Three scores: Richard Einhorn's Voices of Light, one by Goldfrapp's Will Gregory and Portishead's Adrian Utley, and one by composer and pianist Mie Yanashita; Audio commentary from 1999 by film scholar Casper Tybjerg; New interview with Einhorn; New conversation between Gregory and Utley; New video essay by Tybjerg exploring the debate over the film's frame rate; Interview from 1995 with actress Renée Falconetti's daughter and biographer, Hélène Falconetti; Version history; Production design archive; Trailer; New English subtitle translation; An essay by critic Mark Le Fanu; 1929 director's statement by Carl Theodor Dreyer; full libretto for Voices of Light.
Director of photography, Rudolph Maté ; editor, Carl Theodor Dreyer ; art directon, Hermann Warm, Jean Hugo ; costumes, Valentine Hugo.
Renée Falconetti, Eugène Silvain, André Berley, Maurice Schutz, Antonin Artaud, Gilbert Dalleu, Michel Simon, Jean d'Yd, Lois Ravet.
DVD, NTSC, region 1; full frame (1.33:1 aspect ratio); Dolby Digital 5.1 surround.
Silent film with French or Danish intertitles and optional English subtitles and optional musical scores.
disc one. La Passion de Jeanne D'Arc (24 frames per second, with choice of silent or with Richard Einhorn's Voices of light score or Will Gregory/Adrian Utley score)
disc two. La Passion de Jeanne D'Arc (20 frames per second, with choice of silent or with Mie Yanashita score).
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