The passion of Joan of Arc

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Today was the first screening of the module, and the film that we watched was called The Passion of Joan of Arc’. This film was created in 1927, although many sources claim it was made at a different point. The film was made and destroyed many times before it was finally found in a mental institution in Norway, many belived that they would never see the full cut version of this film, but since the full cut has been discovered it has been named as one of the best films ever made.

The sole reason behind watching this classic was because of the diversity in the facial shots within the film. Majority of the shots are close ups of the face. When creating silent cinema its hard to get across the emotion without the influence of sound, you have to rely on visuals. There is a backing track to the film, but normally with films such as these made in the 20’s and 30’s they would have live music played over the top to add the emotion and flow of the film. I think this is what makes the film stand out to many others around its time. The fact that with the time they had to get the emotion and the purpose of the story across, they were able to use the human face, many other films have never done that before, this is why it stands out, and is still shown in the present day. I’d say after watching it the only thing I disliked about this film was the cut scenes, they’d cut to a black scene with words, which of course was the only way to do this at the time, but when watching I struggled to keep up, but overall for a film to use narrative though facial expressions was remarkable.

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