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With its stunning camerawork and striking compositions, Carl Th. Dreyer’s The Passion of Joan of Arc convinced the world that movies could be art. Renée Falconetti gives one of the greatest performances ever recorded on film, as the young maiden who died for God and France. Long thought to have been lost to fire, the original version was miraculously found in perfect condition in 1981—in a Norwegian mental institution. Criterion presents this milestone of silent cinema in a new special edition featuring composer Richard Einhorn’s Voices of Light, an original opera/oratorio inspired by the film.

Special Features


Gorgeous new transfer of the original version, with digital restoration

Richard Einhorn’s Voices of Light: A choral and orchestral work performed by vocal group Anonymous 4 soloist Susan Narucki and the Radio Netherlands Philharmonic and Choir

Audio essay by Casper Tybjerg, a Dreyer scholar from the University of Copenhagen

An extensive production design archive

A history of Passion’s many versions, with clips

Audio interview excerpts with the star’s daughter, Hélène Falconetti

An essay by Richard Einhorn on Joan of Arc and Voices of Light, plus a video essay on the music’s production

Voices of Light libretto booklet, including the medieval texts used in Einhorn’s composition

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