The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) directed by Danish filmmaker Carl Theodor Dryer, is a silent film masterpiece featuring Renee Jeanne Falconetti in what Pauline Kael of the New Yorker said: “may be the finest performance ever recorded on film”. The film was shot almost exclusively in close-ups and follows verbatim transcriptions of the trial of Joan of Arc. Participants will watch this film to Richard Einhorn’s haunting musical score, “Voices of Light,” composed in 1994 to accompany the film. A discussion will follow, led by Gordon Massman. Massman is a former professor of film and literature at Endicott College.
This event launches a series of films hosted by Gordon Massman called “Masterpieces of World Cinema”.
This seminar is intended to be like an informal book group in which participants will watch one of the generally recognized great foreign films of all time, then discuss its meaning, purpose, personal impact, context—whatever strikes one as interesting about the experience of watching the film. All works will be subtitled, many, though not all, will be in black and white, and all will be groundbreaking contributions to the genre.
Gordon Massman taught literature and film at Endicott College and The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts before moving to Camden in May of last year. In addition to his passionate interest in masterpieces of world cinema, he has published several volumes of poetry with The New York Quarterly Press and individual work in magazines and journals across the U.S, and Canada.