Dreyer's version of the Joan of Arc story, La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc (C.T. Dreyer, 1928), depends almost entirely on the principal actor, Mlle Falconetti, in closeup and weeping in almost every shot.
It was, however, good to see Michel Simon in a saner role after L'Atalante, and especially Antonin Artaud, who had died long before I had heard of him and read his book in about 1962.
It's noticeable that Dreyer continues with the death until Joan's body is a blackened corpse: it is unpleasantly realistic.
La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc (Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1928)
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