The Passion of Joan of Arc
Oh my gosh, that was incredible!
Let me just start by asking when the last time a good Joan of Arc movie came out. I mean, this story has so much potential but yet no one ever does anything with it. This film, however, told the story wonderfully so I guess no one ever tried to top it.
The acting? Amazing. The storyline? Amazing. And it was in French so I could practice my dismal language skills. The score in my version was really eerie. I have the same kind of fascination with this story that I do with the Romanovs. It is just so heart-breaking and interesting. The directing was also really good. There was this one shot of one of the judges that I jumped at. This was a bit of an overreaction since it is not even a horror movie, but my point is that it was skillfully done.
Some of those images will stick with me and now I think I have to go do more research about Joan of Arc. The only reason I am not giving this five stars is because I can't see watching it constantly, which is my criteria for a five star film (why didn't I go a four star maximum? That would have made so much more sense!). Still, an excellent movie; one of the best we have seen.
None of the actors wore make up which was very unusual for silent movies.
The lost print was found in a mental hospital. Another spooky element!
Real blood was used in one of the scene's but it was a stand-by's. I am curious about how that went down.
Available on YouTube. First part: