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[Reviewed by: Eric Raymer]

Carl Theodor Dreyer / 1928 / "You say that you are sent by God?"

If you’ve ever shyed away from silent films or doubted that they can carry the emotion or depth of a modern feature, The Passion of Joan of Arc will gladly shatter your preconceptions. This is undoubtedly one of the most emotionally powerful performances ever put to film, and is unlike anything I’ve seen before.

The film’s director, Carl Dreyer, was given a relatively large budget and could have likely produced a grand historical epic if he chose. Instead, he focused on solely the trial and execution of Joan, and based his script on the historical transcripts from the trial. The focus here isn’t the plot – little to nothing is told of Joan’s time with the French army or her capture. The spiritual and emotional journey of Joan are what drive this film. You can ponder whether she was truly divinely inspired or somewhat delusional, but more than anything you’ll find yourself drawn in by the humanity of her plight as she struggles with maintaining her faith, even to her death. (more…)

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[Reviewed by: Alex Miller]

"I am a Muslim and a Hindu and a Christian and a Jew and so are all of you."

This classic essentially sweeped every possible recognition when it came out, including 8 Academy Awards and 5 British Academy Awards. It is by any definition a true “classic”. Because of it’s age, however, it seems to have become lost in the mix. Sure most of today’s 20-somethings have heard of it and older generations may have a vague recollection that they “saw it a long time ago”. But that’s not how it should be. Classic film should not be overlooked simply just to see “the latest thing”. I’m not saying you should abandon all trips to the movie theater in exchange for watching every classic you may have missed. But more often than not, the other extreme is taken, and many are not exposed to any classic films at all, which are of course the precursors to what’s playing at the local Cineplex. So let’s put the “Hot Tub Time Machines” and the “Avatars” of the world aside for a moment and take a look back at a film that really went above and beyond your everyday pure-entertainment movie. (more…)