The Passion of Joan of Arc 03/13/18

The Criterion Collection

This time around Criterion pulls out all the stops to offer an ‘Ultimate’ La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc, even going so far as to present it at two frame rates. Carl Dreyer’s ultra-intense study of martyrdom and the human condition is known for eliciting rapturous responses — don’t be intimidated by its lofty cinematic reputation. The newly remastered 24fps version has been given three music scores, and new essays, interviews and video pieces, including one on its ‘versions history.’ The immortal RenĂ©e Falconetti stars; Michel Simon is one of her inquisitors. On Blu-ray from The Criterion Collection.