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

N.p. N.p., 1928. Vintage double weight photograph from the set of the 1928 film. Shown are Dreyer and his crew, including cinematographer Rudolph Mate, setting up a ground shot of one of the film's French clergymen.

A rare photograph of the director at work on his masterpiece. The film was shot on one huge concrete set modeled on medieval architecture in order to realistically portray the Rouen prison where Joan was held. The film is known for its cinematography and use of close-ups. Dreyer also didn't allow the actors to wear make-up and used lighting designs that made the actors look more grotesque. The latter element is evident in this photograph, as one of the crew is holding up a board to reflect light onto the actor, and a hole has been dug in order to get a ground-up perspective.

9 x 7 inches. In an archival mat. Very Good to Near Fine, with a small stain on the verso.

[Book #137027]