Tag: Joan of Arc

  • A Broadway Revival of “Saint Joan” Shows the Woman Warrior in a Quiet Key

    George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950) lived through so much of the twentieth century, and so much of his writing remains startlingly up-to-date, that we sometimes forget his Victorian roots. The theatrical tradition he was brought up on was that of nineteenth-century barnstorming. When Shaw directed his own plays, actors would sometimes complain that the business he […]

  • “The Middle Ages on Film” at Anthology

    Forever on fire with fear of God, unburdened by literacy or expectations of a life that might extend past the thirties, ruled by day and night and the world’s great silence, the medieval mind is as alien to us today as the mad or damaged one. Perhaps the mystery of its day-to-day working accounts for […]

  • Joan of Arc

    Now that Tim Kinsella has some space between him and his much-lauded reunion with emo archetypes Cap’n Jazz, he’s returned to recording with sensitive art rockers Joan of Arc. The foursome, now also featuring Cap’n Jazz’s Victor Villarreal, released a box set of 10 of their releases on cassette(?!) last year and recently raised $8,500 […]

  • From the Journals of Jean Seberg

    Dir. Mark Rappaport (1995). Mark Rappaport’s follow-up to Rock Hudson’s Home Movies is an even bolder amalgam of free-associational film theory, cunningly outre montage, and deadpan bitchiness. Mary Beth Hurt, an inspired choice to speak for Seberg, watches her supposed 17-year-old self play Joan of Arc and asks, “Who on earth would follow this drum […]

  • The Trial of Joan of Arc at Anthology

    Big-screen interpretations of Joan of Arc are often ridiculous (Jean Seberg in Saint Joan, Milla Jovovich in The Messenger), can be epically confident (Sandrine Bonnaire in Joan the Maid), and have once reached the sublime (Maria Falconetti in The Passion of Joan of Arc). Previous critical assessments of Florence Delay (listed as Florence Carrez in […]

  • Owen+the One AM Radio

    Owen is the solo guise of Chicago emo journeyman Mike Kinsella, who’s played in Cap’n Jazz, Joan of Arc, Owls, and even a couple of bands that didn’t include his brother Tim. Kinsella gets a little sentimental on the just-released New Leaves, as always, but he usually packs enough melody to offset the sap. The […]

  • Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh

    Hannah Senesh—the ardent young socialist-Zionist who emigrated from Budapest to Palestine and was tortured and killed by the Nazis for parachuting into Hungary to stimulate Jewish resistance—has become such a sainted Joan of Arc to Israelis that it’s a relief to watch her scaled down into a flawed woman (of enormous bravery) here. Based on […]

  • Reid Farrington’s The Passion Project

    The dark hall echoes with the amplified noises of a rickety projector. Subtitles and scene fragments flicker on the floor in black and white. These sounds and shadowy shapes come from Carl Theodor Dreyer’s 1928 silent-film masterpiece The Passion of Joan of Arc, whose master negative went up in flames—like Joan herself—not long after it […]

  • A Dreyer Duo—Day of Wrath at the IFC and Vampyr  on DVD

    Before there were Luis Buñuel, Robert Bresson, Ingmar Bergman, or Andrei Tarkovsky (not to mention Lars von Trier, Carlos Reygadas, and Guy Maddin), there was Carl Theodor Dreyer (1889–1968), the original solitary, uncompromising film artist. A product of the Danish film industry—once among the most innovative in Europe—Dreyer was a screenwriter who broke into directing […]

  • Vivre sa Vie: Godard Goes Off

    A milestone “Everything is permissible” moment in narrative film, Godard’s fourth feature is a rocket from Pandora’s Box. It’s sectioned into 12 “tableaux,” each chapter opening with an intertitle describing its contents. The framing is carefully indiscriminate; faces are backlit into murk; café clatter swallows conversation. The camera rarely cues on in-scene action, instead turning […]