‘Come Out of Here, My People’: Pandemonium and Power in Carl Theodor Dreyer's La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc

    loading  Checking for direct PDF access through Ovid

Abstract

Argument about La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc (Dreyer, 1928) focuses on the film's eccentricities to such an extent that the peculiarities of Dreyer's film become exaggerated and any sort of narrative cohesion is lost. Even the best readings of Dreyer's film contend that a gap between style and narrative structure exists. These readings undervalue the role a dynamic interpretation of the cross can play in understanding perceived gaps between narrative and style. This essay shows that a cohesive reading of the film emerges when the film is viewed through the apocalyptic vision of The Revelation to John, a book that, like Dreyer's film, has competing conceptions of the cross at the centre of its text.

Related Topics

    loading  Loading Related Articles