Trivia for The Passion of Joan of Arc (La passion de Jeanne d'Arc)

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  • After completing the original cut of the film, director Carl Theodor Dreyer learned that the entire master print had been accidentally destroyed. With no ability to re-shoot, Dreyer re-edited the entire film from footage he had originally rejected.
  • Much of the project's budget was reserved for the expensive sets, although Carl Theodor Dreyer used so many close-ups that very little of the actual sets are seen.
  • Although the film was shown with live musical accompaniment in the theatre, there is no evidence that Carl Theodor Dreyer ever selected a definitive score. All current DVD versions of the film use Richard Einhorn's "Voices of Light" for accompaniment.
  • The film took a year and a half to complete.
  • The film was considered lost for many years. In 1978 an almost complete print was found in the estate of an Italian priest who had organized screenings in mental hospitals. The same is true of Der brennende Acker (1922).
  • None of the actors wear any make-up, which was unheard of in the silent era. Carl Theodor Dreyer thought this lent strength to the characters' faces.
  • Real blood from a real puncture wound was used in the scene in which Joan's arm is cut, but it was that of a stand-in and not Maria Falconetti.
  • Ranked #1 on the Toronto International Film Festival's Essential 100 list published in 2009.
  • Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
  • Voted as the ninth greatest film of all time in Sight & Sound's 2012 critics' poll.
  • Maria Falconetti's second and final film role.
  • The film is included on Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" list.
  • Selected by the Vatican in the "religion" category of its list of 45 "great films."
  • Ranked number 23 non-English-speaking film in the critics' poll conducted by the BBC in 2018.
  • This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #62.
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