The Passion of Joan of Arc [La passion de Jeanne d'Arc]

Carl Theodor Dreyer (director)
Jean Soulat, Maurice Boussus (photographers)
Maria Falconetti (starring)

Paris: Studio Soulat-Boussus, 1928. Vintage double weight photograph from the set of the 1928 film. Shot by Jean Soulat and Mauric Boussus of Studio Soulat-Boussus in Paris, with respective stamps on the verso.

An excessively rare photograph from Dreyer's masterpiece, capturing Maria Falconetti in what one could accurately described as "in character." Franconetti became a stage actress in Paris in 1918, and had appeared in only one other film. For this role, today still considered one of the most astonishing performances ever committed to celluloid, director Dreyer reputedly pushed her to the brink of emotional collapse. It was to be her final film role, after which she returned to producing and starring in light stage comedies, including work at the Comedie-Francais in Paris. In 1946, having fled to South America during World War II, and having suffered a lifetime of mental illness, she committed suicide in Brazil.

6.5 x 8.75 inches. In an archival mat. Fine.

[Book #135601]