Giovanna d'Arco

Carl Th. Dreyer, France, 1928

96 min.FeatureSilent films

"La passion de Jeanne d'Arc" is the story of a religious saint who sacrifices her life for her faith and becomes part of a political game.
An opening picture shows the original scripts of the trial from the 14th century. The trial against Jeanne d'Arc is lead by a tribunal of monks and judicial authorities with stern and sardonic faces. Jeanne - in chains - proclaims that she regards herself as sent by God to safe France. With cunning questions the judges attempt to inveigle her into giving blasphemous statements, but her answers are pure of heart. As it happened to Jesus Christ she is humiliated by the guards. Jeanne is threatened with torture, but she is too ill for the judges to torment her. They try to use her intense faith in God to make her deny her call. In fear of the pyre she abjures her visions as false, but then disclaims and states again that she is God's elect. Jeanne is burned alive, and her death persuades the people that she was a true saint. Riots break out.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards
Original title La passion de Jeanne d'Arc
Danish title Jeanne d'Arcs Lidelse og Død
Other titles Jeanne d'Arc, Uddrag fra Dreyer film, Giovanna d'Arco
Director Carl Th. Dreyer
Screenplay Carl Th. Dreyer
Based on Officielt efter Joseph Delteils roman (1925).
Director of Photography Rudolph Maté
Editor Carl Th. Dreyer
Production designer Hermann Warm, Jean Hugo
Casting Louis Osmont
Appearances Maria Falconetti, Eugene Sylvain, André Berley, Maurice Schutz
Production country France
Production companies Société générale de Films
Domestic distribution Det Danske Filminstitut, International Film (Sophus Madsen), Danske Filmmuseum
Technical info 2210 meter, 35 mm, Normal, Black/white, Silent
Danish rating Allowed for children over the age of 11


Production companies Société générale de Films
Domestic distribution Det Danske Filminstitut, International Film (Sophus Madsen), Danske Filmmuseum


Direction Carl Th. Dreyer
Assistant director Ralph Christian Holm
Assistant director Paul la Cour
Casting Louis Osmont
Technical director Simon Feldman


Script Carl Th. Dreyer


Production manager Marcel Rémond
Production manager Mark Martoff
Studio manager Michel Feldman


Cinematography Rudolph Maté
Camera assistant Gösta Kottula
Camera assistant Louis Née


Stills Jean Soulat
Stills Maurice Boussus


Editing Carl Th. Dreyer
Assistant editor Marguerite Beaugé

Production design

Production design Hermann Warm
Production design Jean Hugo
Set manager Arno Richter


Wardrobe Valentine Hugo
Wardrobe Jean Hugo

Other credits

Expert: historian Pierre Champion


Jeanne Maria Falconetti
Biskop Pierre Cauchon, overdommer Eugene Sylvain
Jean d'Estivet, anklager André Berley
Nicolas Loyseleur Maurice Schutz
Jean Lemaitre Gilbert Dalleu
Jean Massieu Antonin Artaud
Jean Beaupère Louis Ravet
Appearance Michel Simon
Guillaume Evrard, dommer Jean d'Yd
Martin Ladvenu Paul Delauzac
Thomas de Courcelle Jacques Arnna
General Warwick Adolphe Rodé
Dommer Armand Lurville
Dommer Raymond Narlay
Dommer Henry Maillard
Dommer Jean Ayme
Dommer Léon Larive
Dommer Henry Gaultier
Dommer Paul Jorge
Dommer Alexandre Mihalesco
Dommer Paul Fromet
Dommer Emile Piotte
Dommer Christian Argentin
Dommer Gilbert Dacheux
Dommer Robert le Flon
Dommer M. Fournez-Gouffard
Dommer M. Polonsky
Dommer Dimitri Dmitrieff
Soldat Camille Bardou
Notar M. Sommaire
Notar M. Badin
Appearance Carlo de Dona
Appearance Armand Caratis
Appearance Jack Piera
Appearance J. Ridez
Appearance Serge Nikitine
Appearance M. Persitz
Appearance M. Derval
Appearance André Marnay
Appearance M. Bac
Appearance Paul Velsa
Appearance M. Valbret
Appearance M. Gitenet
Appearance M. Beri
Appearance M. Bazaine

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