I remember as a teenager, discovering Carl Dreyer’s seminal “The Passion of Joan of Arc” on a midnight movie tv program – way back when one had to leave a couch to change channels. I didn’t leave the couch, and the image of Maria Falconetti’s Joan, with head shaved and tears streaming down her face, have stayed with me ever since. Those eyes!
An interesting piece on Dreyer from France24, below.
“The Passion of Joan of Arc” was regarded as a miracle of cinema long before its original print resurfaced in a Norwegian mental institution. A new retrospective at the Paris Cinémathèque helps rediscover its revered director.