Inland Empire News | The Passion of Joan of Arc

October 28, 2015

By: Megan Gonzalez

The Passion of Joan of Arc will be shown at UCR’s ARTSblock on October 30th and 31st. World-renowned director Carl Theodor Dreyer directed the film in 1928. The Passion of Joan of Arc stands the test of time and is still considered one of the greatest films ever made.

Made in 1928, The Passion of Joan of Arc is a silent film, but it is still able to deliver its provoking message. The viewer is able to feel the pain and understand the struggle that Joan had to endure. Maria Falconetti who plays Joan delivered the best performance of her life, in a role that only she could react so well. The film follows Joan through the final stages of her trail leading to her final torturous days. As Joan is pressured into denying that God had sent her on a mission to save France during the Hundred Year War. Then as Joan recants her statement and stands by her beliefs, which she is then burned at the stake.

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As intense as Joan’s life the film resembles that by focusing on the struggles that Joan had live through. The camera shots are mainly close ups, focusing on the actors' facial expressions. There are hardly any decorations or props in the film so the viewer can focus on the story rather than on material objects. The film is based off the actual transcripts from Joan’s trail. Though it was filmed so long ago, Dreyer produced a modern performance that is still looked at as a great example in film classes around the world. Dreyer cinematography is one of genius using lighting, camera angles and camera shots to produce this exceptional film. The story of Joan of Arc is empowering and anguishing in itself, Dreyer was able to retell her story in zealous style while keeping the viewer enraptured.

If this has sparked your curiosity, I wholeheartedly recommend you see this invigorating film. It is sure to be engaging and stay with you long after the film has ended. There will be one matinee showing on October 31, 2015  at 3p.m., and tickets will be $5 for students and $8 for adults. There will also be two 7p.m. showings one on the 30th and the other on the 31st, tickets will be $5 for students and $9.99 for adults. Head over to UCR's ARTSblock's website to buy tickets and to get more information. The Passion of Joan of Arc will only be shown two night make sure not to miss seeing this cinematic masterpiece on the big screen.