The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)

France
Feature Film
Original Title: La passion de Jeanne d'Arc
Director: Carl Th. Dreyer
Writers: Carl Th. Dreyer, Joseph Delteil
Cinematographer: Rudolph Maté
Cast: Melle Falconetti, Eugène Silvain, André Berley, Maurice Schutz, Antonin Artaud, Michel Simon, Jean d'Yd, Louis Ravet
With a truly great and tremendously affecting performance from Falconetti in the title role, Dreyer’s majestic film – told mainly in the form of close-ups of the expressive face of the aforementioned revered stage actress (here making a rare big screen appearance) – details the trial (right up till its fiery conclusion) of Joan of Arc, the French teenaged freedom fighter, who claimed to have been tasked by God to rid France of the English. Iain.Stott