Silent Film And Medieval Music
The Passion Of Joan Of Arc
Pre-concert talk with Orlando Consort’s Donald Greig at 7:15 PM.
Orlando Consort (Matthew Venner, Mark Dobell, Angus Smith, Donald Greig)
Carl Theodor Dreyer’s The Passion of Joan of Arc is widely recognized as a silent film masterpiece, regularly appearing on lists of the top ten greatest films ever made. The world-renowned vocal ensemble Orlando Consort present an entirely new, carefully crafted soundtrack of music from the era in which the film is set. The intricate beauty of 15th-century works by Binchois and Dufay, together with animated motets and haunting plainsong, amplify the poignant depiction of medieval France. Dreyer’s portrayal of Joan of Arc is a film of extraordinary power, delivering an emotional experience that resonates as strongly today as it did in the 1920’s.
Read a detailed breakdown of the music performed during each scene.
“The Orlando Consort’s performances are simultaneously ravishing and reverential.”
— Los Angeles Times
“So extraordinary and otherworldly is this film’s power, you could believe you were watching the actual trial of Joan of Arc.”
— The Guardian