THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC
(1928, Carl Dreyer, France, 82 min.)
"Voices of Light" music score
Friday, January 19, 2018 at 6:30 pm
Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 6:30 pm
Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 3 pm
Monday, January 22, 2018 at 6:30 pm
Tuesday, January 23, 2018, at 8 pm
Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 6 pm
Dreyer's masterpiece is frequently and rightfully ranked among the handful of greatest films ever made (it was #9 in the 2012 Sight & Sound poll). Set during the final hours of Joan's life and based on verbatim court records, the film is no sanctimonious sermon, but an unrelentingly intense, soul-shaking experience. Joan's faith is like a bomb set off in a rigidly stratified medieval society, bringing not serenity and reassurance but chaos and upheaval. No less than BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN, this is a film about revolution, and, like Eisenstein, Dreyer employs a revolutionary style, upending conventional methods of framing, editing, lighting, and camera movement to produce a film that looks like no other, even among Dreyer's highly idiosyncratic work. New 2K DCP digital restoration. (MR).
Silent film with live piano accompaniment by Dave Drazin on Sunday. Other screenings with prerecorded scores as follows: the choral work "Voices of Light" by Richard Einhorn (Fri., Mon., Thu.); or a new score by Adrian Utley of Portishead & Will Gregory of Goldfrapp (Sat., Tue.).
Gene Siskel Film Center
of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
164 N. State Street | Chicago, IL 60601