Passion of Joan of Arc

Project Description

The Berklee Silent Film Orchestra (BSFO) returns to The Cabot for their fifth silent film concert on Sunday, June 9, 2019. The award-winning group will perform their original score, live-to-picture, for the groundbreaking and deeply moving silent classic The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928), directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer.

Joan has been named “the most influential film of all time” by the Toronto International Film Festival. Roger Ebert said “to see Renee Falconetti in Dreyer’s The Passion of Joan of Arc is to look into eyes that will never leave you.” Deeply topical today, Joan is about a woman who tells her story, is not believed, and is martyred for it.

The BSFO will perform its new original score for voices and chamber orchestra, to the definitive, and newly available 20-frames-per-second version of the film.

Lauded in publications including Indiewire, The Boston Globe, and The Wall Street Journal, and twice honored by the Boston Society of Film Critics, the BSFO has garnered lengthy standing ovations for its original film scores, in live-to-picture performances at (among others), the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, New York’s Tony Bennett Concert Hall, the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, and Boston Symphony Hall.


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Photos by Yuta Yamaguchi and Dai Haraguchi