La passion de Jeanne d'Arc / The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
Jeanne d'Arc (1412-1431), who was granted sainthood by the Roman Catholic Church in 1920, has become a mythic figure in world culture. In particular, her life and martyrdom are central to the French national idea: key elements of this myth include her humble peasant origins in Domremy; the "celestial voices" that inspired her to action; her controversial donning of men's clothes; her courageous military leadership resulting in victory against the English at Orleans in 1429 (the turning point in the Hundred Years' War); and finally her capture by the English, her trial for heresy and her execution at Rouens in 1431. She has since been made the subject of innumerable books, paintings, poems, plays and films.

Carl Theodor Dreyer's The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928), one of the most celebrated of all silent films, focuses on the last period of her brief life. The narrative compresses the twenty-nine sessions of the trial into a single day, encompassing Jeanne's examination before the judges, the torments by the guards, her physical torture, her coercion into signing a confession that she later retracted, and finally her burning at the stake.

Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer
Cast: Maria Falconetti, Eugene Silvain, Andre Berley
Country: France
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Silent

The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) Eureka (Masters of Cinema)

• Presented in both 20fps and 24fps playback speeds
• Optional audio tracks: a piano score performed by Japanese silent film composer Mie Yanashita (for the 20fps option), and a radical accompaniment by esteemed American avant-garde musician Loren Connors (for the 24fps option)
• Newly translated optional English subtitles for Dreyer's original Danish intertitles
• The complete "Lo Duca" version of the film - the version (featuring an alternate edit and soundtrack) that circulated in France and around the world for decades before the rediscovery of Dreyer's "director's cut"
• Restoration Demonstration

2 x DVD9 | NTSC 4:3 | 01:36:32 + 01:20:34 + 01:17:40 | 5.64 Gb + 7.25 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Danish intertitles
Subtitles: English

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BD50 | 1080p AVC | 01:36:12 + 01:20:11 + 01:17:42 | 45.1 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Danish intertitles
Subtitles: English

The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) Criterion Collection

• Commentary by Casper Tybjerg, Dreyer scholar from the University of Copenhagen
• Production notes
• The film is accompanied by Richard Einhorn's Voices of Light, an original orchestral work inspired by the film and performed by renowned choral ensemble Anonymous 4, the Nederlands Radio Choir and the Nederlands Radio Philharmonic
• Notes on Voices of Light, including interviews, essays, photographs and medieval texts used for the libretto
• Interactive essay on the film's production and the life and trial of Joan of Arc
• Multimedia history of the film's many versions
• Restoration demonstration & extensive production design archive

DVD5 | NTSC 4:3 | 01:22:22 | 4.33 Gb + 3% rec
Language: French intertitles
Subtitles: English

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