The silent movie will be screned at Bristol’s Colston Hall on May 7, accompanied by a live premiere performance of the new score. The music will be performed by a group comprising Utley and Gregory, six electric guitars, members of the Monteverdi Choir, percussion, horns and keyboards, conducted by Charles Hazlewood. More info here.
Widely regarded as a masterpiece of silent cinema, The Passion of Joan of Arc chronicles the titular character’s trial, imprisonment, torture and execution. The story is told using her own words from trial transcripts discovered in 1924 shortly before her canonisation. Dreyer shot much of the film in close-up, allowing the faces of the actors to tell the story through their expressions.
The original negative was for decades feared lost in a fire until 1981, when it was discovered in a cupboard in a Norwegian mental institution.