The Passion Of Joan Of Arc (1928)

How to make a film ahead of its time and get away with it, in The Passion Of Joan Of Arc.

I have never seen such pronounced action in the film. And by action I mean the action description that we writers write in a script. It just gets the point across by simply keeping it to the point. The writer and director Carl Theodor Dreyer’s The Passion Of Joan Of Arc is nothing but him simply reading out the script line by line in front of us. That’s it. That’s what’s happening. The entire film is shot with close ups. Close ups on the actors, which is more than justifiable considering what a jaw-dropping performance, by Maria Falconetti. And oddly close up on the detailed action or objects active on the screen. It is odd to witness it at first. But then it starts growing on you. In fact, it gets powerful when you get to know the reasoning of the choice of shooting a film like such.

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