Friday, 19 February 2016



FILM 1467: THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC 

TRIVIA: Believed lost until a complete print was found in a mental institution in Oslo. See also Der brennende Acker (1922).

None of the actors wears any makeup, which was unheard of in the silent era. Carl Theodor Dreyer thought this lent strength to the characters' faces.

Much of the project's budget was reserved for the expensive sets, although, Carl Theodor Dreyer used so many close-ups, very little of the actual sets are seen.

Real blood from a real puncture wound was used in the scene in which Joan's arm is cut, but it was that of a stand-in and not Maria Falconetti.

Although the film was shown with live musical accompaniment in the theatre, there is no evidence that Carl Theodor Dreyer ever selected a definitive score. All current DVD versions of the film use Richard Einhorn's "Voices of Light" for accompaniment.



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