La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc, a silent-era film with French inter-titles, remains one of the most-emotional films of all times.  This is due, in large measure, to the riveting performance of Maria Falconetti. This movie poster helped to advertise the film during its theatrical release.


Nearly 500 years after her death, the Church canonized Joan of Arc. One year later (on May 9, 1920), Pope Benedict XV declared her a saint of the Catholic Church.

Joan of Arc still fascinates us. During World War II, the governments of America and Britain used her as a means to sell war bonds. She is the subject of statues, books, radio-plays, movies and music.

One of the most famous movies about the French heroine—The Passion of Joan of Arc—was made in 1928. Critics have always described that silent film about the heresy trial, starring Maria Falconetti, in glowing terms. Pauline Kael said:

It may be the finest performance ever recorded on film.

Even if you cannot read the French intertitles, you will be greatly moved by Falconetti's performance.

Legends—like Joan of Arc—are often shrouded with mystery. Not much reamins, except the stories. Now, nearly six centuries after her death, there has been an amazing discovery. It appears that Joan's battle armor has been found.

Evidence supporting the legitimacy of the claim seems persuasive.

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5190stories and lessons created

Original Release: Oct 01, 1999

Updated Last Revision: Jun 21, 2019

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