The Passion of Joan of Arc landmark silent movie

View the film full length online on YouTube with a soundtrack, by Chicago’s indie rock band Joan of Arc,  recorded live on the opening night of the 2011 Chicago International Movies and Music Festival in front of a packed showing of Dreyer’s “Passion of Joan of Arc.” (Note: the soundtrack is more of a contemporary classical or New Age style than the band Joan of Arc’s usual style; 2 other soundtracks below).

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Check out the DVD from the New Orleans Public Library or the  Jefferson Parish Library

“The Passion of Joan of Arc (French: La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc) is a silent film produced in France in 1928, based on the record of the trial of Joan of Arc. The film, directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer and starring Renée Jeanne Falconetti, is widely regarded as a landmark of cinema, especially for its production, Dreyer’s direction and Falconetti’s performance, which has been described as being among the finest in cinema history. The film depicts her trial and execution.” (From Wikipedia) The film is still sold today.

Silent films were typically accompanied by a live musical soundtrack, and still today The Passion of Joan of Arc is shown publicly with live accompaniment. Twice the New Orleans Saint Louis Cathedral has shown the film with a live improvised organ accompaniment by Samuel Liégon, now organist of St. Pierre de Chaillot in Paris, formerly the 2012-2013 Young Artist-in-Residence at the Saint Louis Cathedral. Three such soundtracks are currently commercially available:

Album cover: Voices of Light by Richard Einhorn

Voices of Light by Richard Einhorn 1999 classical

Album cover: Joan of Arc presents Joan of Arc (2012)

Joan of Arc Presents Joan of Arc 2011 New Age

Album cover: The Passion of Joan of Arc by In the Nursery

The Passion of Joan of Arc by In the Nursery 2014 New Age/Electronica

 

 

 

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