FEBRUARY 28TH. 7:30pm Carl
Dreyer's "PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC" (1928) will be at the Birmingham
Museum of Art. This is quite an event, y'all. I have been trying to get this
shown in Birmingham for a while. If you want to have a truly moving and profound
movie-going experience this will be it.
FUN FACTS: Until the mid 1980's this was considered a lost film with only
stills and small film fragments to be found.It was banned by the French government
and what seemed to be the remaining films were burned in a film warehouse
fire. Then only 15 or so years ago a whole uncut version was miraculously
found stashed away in a closet in a Danish mental institution (can you stand
it?). This is the second release. (A pretty scratchy version was released
on video in the late 1980's.) The version that will be shown at the museum
was released in 1997 and has been beautifully restored digitally. A perfect
sound track has been recorded by the group Anonymous 4, choir and symphony.
The lyrics, in Latin, are of writings by medieval women Christian mystics.
There has never been anything else like the cinematography which ranges from
series of close ups of the faces of Joan's accusers to wonderful lingering
shots of robes, crosses and Joan. Stylized and intense, the details are incredible.
The script is taken solely from the recorded manuscript of her trial and the
bell heard ringing on the soundtrack was recorded from the church Joan went
to as a child.
I do hope you'll consider going.
It's only $5.00 and what else are you going to see? That crappy new Kevin
Marjorie Clark Otts