A silent masterpiece and the film that ensured Dreyer’s immortality, THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC has been called one of the ten most beautiful films of all time.
This enigmatic and profoundly moving work merges the worlds of the viewer and of the saintly Joan herself into a shared experience of hushed delirium. It charts Joan’s final days as she undergoes the debasement that accompanies her trial for heresy, her imprisonment and her execution at the stake.
Maria Falconetti’s portrayal (the Corsican actress’s only screen role) is frequently heralded as one of the finest performances in the history of film.
Following the screening there will be a panel discussion. Participants include Helen Castor (University of Cambridge), Kelly DeVries (Loyola University, Maryland), and Trevor Russell Smith (University of Leeds).