2018 0714 Silent film


Find out why Carl Theodor Dreyer’s “Joan of Arc” is, unquestionably, THE GREATEST FILM OF ALL TIME – and how this 1928 silent film is 100 years ahead of its time… even though it’s only 90 years old.

Film teacher Clifton Raphael will give an illuminating introduction to “Joan of Arc” at Circle on Saturday, July 14th at 4:30pm (Bastille Day!), and then you can experience this masterpiece as it was meant to be seen: on the big screen, with a brilliant new score that enhances and shapes Dreyer’s stunning images.

This program is presented by Circle Cinema Film Festival & 90th Birthday Celebration. All seats are $10 and tickets are On Sale Now!

About the film: A classic of the silent age, this film tells the story of the doomed but ultimately canonized 15th-century teenage warrior. On trial for claiming she’d spoken to God, Jeanne d’Arc is subjected to inhumane treatment and scare tactics at the hands of church court officials. Initially bullied into changing her story, Jeanne eventually opts for what she sees as the truth. Her punishment, a famously brutal execution, earns her perpetual martyrdom.

About the new score: Adrian Utley (Portishead) and Will Gregory (Goldfrapp) have created a new score for this classic film (Dir: Carl Theodor Dreyer 1928 France 1hr 22mins) long regarded as a towering masterpiece of cinema. Charles Hazlewood conducts an eclectic group including Utley and Gregory, six electric guitars, members of the Monteverdi Choir, percussion, horns, harp and synthesizers. The music incorporates extended techniques for guitar and voices providing a powerful landscape for this incredibly innovative and moving film about the last days of Joan of Arc.



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