With its stunning camerawork and striking compositions, Carl Th. Dreyer’s The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) helped prove to the world that movies could be art. Made shortly before the sound era, it was an eloquent demonstration of what the silent movie could accomplish, and Renée Falconetti’s performance as Joan is still considered one of the greatest of all time. Filming in France, Danish director Carl Th. Dreyer dramatizes the 1431 trial and execution of the young Maid of Orleans with intense and uncompromising detail. The French cast includes Michel Simon and theater genius Antonin Artaud. 82 minutes.
Screened in a beautiful new 2015 digital restoration by Gaumont in association with the Centre national du cinema et de l’image animée, this is a film that has continued to inspire other artists, and our audiences will have a choice between two unique modern soundtracks.
Voices of Light, an oratorio composed by Richard Einhorn for orchestra, chorus and soloists (inspired by Medieval song), was recorded in 1995 and features the vocal ensemble Anonymous 4 and Susan Narucki.
Will Gregory (Goldfrapp) and Adrian Utley (Portishead) joined forces in 2010 to create a new score utilizing a mix of electronic and acoustic instruments, incorporating guitar and voices. It was recorded in 2016 under the baton of Charles Hazlewood.