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JEANNE D'ARC / Ole Schmidt

Passion of Joan of Arc, The
(Passion der Jungfrau von Orléans, Die)
France
1928
Drama

THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC shows the uncompromising style of Carl Theodor Dreyer. The trial, the condemnation and execution of Jeanne d‘Arc – all this is reflected in facial expressions on camera. The whole work is a succession of expressions and glances. The faces of the intriguing judges are caught from below in a dialectical movement, whereas Jeanne’s face is shown in fixed angles and in most cases from above. Dreyer changes the perspective erratically with fast cuts, which create contrast with the lack of outward action in the plot. In this more or less cubistic montage, Jeanne’s inner fight is visible on Maria Falconetti‘s unpainted face: from the distraction of her almost crazy wide-opened eyes, over doubts and hope to triumph. With Falconetti, Dreyer found his ideal cast. Her incomparable performance is considered an example of brilliant dramatic art to this day.

THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC reconstructs the occurrences around the trial of the University  of Paris against the Maid of Orleans on the basis of historical records. The Saint – accused of heresy – is finally burned at the stake after agonizing examinations, torture and a revoked confession. The script and the intertitles are mainly based on the records of the case, which results in a psychologically intimate play of great intensity. 

Compositions:

Jo van den Booren

1985 new score
  small orchestra (16 - 45 Musicians)    
 
stafflist
1+1/pic.1+1/ca.1+bcl.1+1/ cbsn – 2.2.1+1/btrbn.1 – 2perc – org – hp – strings
     
 
Duration
82
sync fps
20

Richard Einhorn

1994 new score
  small orchestra (16 - 45 Musicians)    
 
stafflist
2.2.0.0 – 0.0.0.0 – strings – SATB choir + 4 SATB vocalists – digital sampler
     
 
Duration
84
sync fps
24

Ole Schmidt

1982 new score
  large orchestra (from 46 Musicians)    
 
stafflist
1/pic.1/ca.1/bcl.1 – 1.1.1.0 – timp.3perc – strings – gtr – solo: soprano
     
 
Duration
82
sync fps
20
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