The Passion of Joan of ArcTonight (Wednesday, actually) the Snook and I went to the Opera House to see Voices of Light: The Passion of Joan of Arc. It was fantastic. The film is a 1928 French masterpiece about Joan’s trial and execution. Composer Richard Einhorn wrote a full score (symphony and choral) that was performed live as the film ran. I can’t even begin to describe how amazing this film was. I had to keep reminding myself that it was from the 1920’s. The plot is really simple and straightforward, and there aren’t a lot of dialogue cards. Mostly you see faces – Joan, her judges, the priests, the people. But mostly just her. I can’t imagine what the actress went through to give that performance. If you ever get the chance to see it, I really, really recommend it. (Ebert loved it too and mentions a lot of interesting stuff I didn’t know about it.)

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