Great Moments In Film – The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
The Passion of Joan of Arc is a brilliantly crafted movie. It’s use of imagery and often subtle facial expressions often tells more to the story than it’s limited use of subtitles do. Here, we see the young Joan of Arc being led to her death, her burning at the stake (the body seen burning is a cadaver) and the resulting riot that ensues afterward.
There are some great camera angles in use here (such as the swinging motion as we see the maces dropped from the window and the underneath shot along the bridge). The use of reaction shots is obviously hugely influential to the like of Mel Gibson (among others). What I like best is that it doesn’t quite show you what’s going on, it relies on the crowd to show the horror of the event itself. It is a longer clip and there’s a breastfeeding baby, so it’s not exactly safe for work in that regard.
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