The Passion of Joan of Arc

(La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc) Features
Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer 1928 114 Minutes PG

Carl Theodore Dreyer’s monumental silent masterpiece is presented with a live score composed and performed by Brisbane post-rock band hazards of swimming naked.

Regularly heralded as one of the greatest films ever made, The Passion of Joan of Arc is a tour de force depiction of the trial of the teenage Joan of Arc. Utilising the historical court transcripts for the basis of its drama and shot almost exclusively in expressionistic close-up, this transfixing film also features perhaps the single most astonishing screen performance ever recorded in Maria Falconetti’s portrayal of the doomed heroine. Ninety years on from its initial release, Dreyer’s uncompromising film remains a cinematic experience like no other.

The stunning intensity of The Passion of Joan of Arc is matched with the tour de force live performance by Brisbane post-rock band, hazards of swimming naked, who will accompany the screening of the film. A five-piece ensemble originating from Queensland’s tropical far north, the band infuse their composition with the vibrancy of that region culminating in a sound which shares all the cinematic grandeur of artists such as Mogwai, Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Mono.

The Passion of Joan of Arc will screen from an imported 35mm film print.

Screening as part of ‘Bruce Beresford Selects

Details

Year:1928
Classification:PG
Country:France
Language:Silent with English intertitles
Director:Carl Theodor Dreyer
Cast:Maria Falconetti, Maurice Schutz, Antonin Artaud, Michel Simon
Script:Joseph Delteil, Carl Theodor Dreyer
Program strand:Features
Rights:Gaumont