La Passion de Jeanne d´Arc (1928, France) by Carl Theodor Dreyer, with Renée Jeanne Falconetti, Eugène Silvain, Maurice Schutz, Michel Simon and Antonin Artaud (96')
Presentation: Laura Freixas
This film presents the inquisitorial proceedings against Joan of Arch and her sentence to be burnt at the stake in 1431. The script is based on the minutes of the trial, and the film was recorded using natural light and the actors without makeup in order to highlight the naturalism of the characters and their expressiveness; close ups were also taken from different angles to emphasise the emotions of the monks and the saint herself.
Despite being produced by Société Génerale des Films, its premiere in Paris was delayed on several occasions due to the protests of those who didn’t approve of a Dane bringing their national heroine to the big screen; some scenes would also be cut. A short time later, the original negative of the film was lost in a fire at UFA studios in Berlin, and Dreyer would shoot a second production that was also lost in another fire. In 1981, a copy of the original was found in Oslo. The version that will be screened is preserved thanks to this discovery.
On Saturday, the video of the presentation recorded the day before will be shown.