The Passion of Joan of Arc

Thursday, June 6
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1hr 22mins // directed by:Carl Theodor Dreyer // featuring:Renée Maria Falconetti, Eugene Silvain, André Berley // DCP

The Berklee Silent Film Orchestra (BSFO) returns to the Coolidge for their fourteenth silent film concert with the Sounds of Silents®.

The award-winning group will perform their original score, live-to-picture, for the groundbreaking and deeply moving silent classic The Passion of Joan of Arc (1929), directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer. 

Joan has been named "the most influential film of all time” by the Toronto International Film Festival.  Roger Ebert said “to see Renée Falconetti in Dreyer’s The Passion of Joan of Arc is to look into eyes that will never leave you.”  Deeply topical today, Joan is about a woman who tells her story, is not believed, and is martyred for it.  The BSFO will perform its new original score for voices and chamber orchestra, to the definitive, and newly available 20-frames-per-second version of the film.

Lauded in publications including IndiewireThe Boston Globe, and The Wall Street Journal, and twice honored by the Boston Society of Film Critics, the BSFO has garnered lengthy standing ovations for its original film scores, in live-to-picture performances at (among others) the Coolidge, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, New York’s Tony Bennett Concert Hall, the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, and Boston Symphony Hall.

About the BSFO

The Berklee Silent Film Orchestra (BSFO) is dedicated to composing new, original scores for silent feature classics, and performing them live-to-picture. Based at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, in the world’s premier undergraduate degree program in film scoring, the all-student orchestra composes its new works, and performs as an ensemble, under the leadership of Professor of Film Scoring and three-time Emmy nominee Sheldon Mirowitz (Outside Providence, Missing in America).

Since forming in 2010, the BSFO has written and performed new scores to 13 silent features (Sunrise, It, Battleship Potemkin, Piccadilly, Faust, Our Hospitality, Safety Last!, Phantom of the Opera, The Last Laugh, Varieté, and The Freshman) each premiered and originally commissioned by the Coolidge Corner Theater in Brookline, Massachusetts, as part of their Sounds of Silents® program. The recipient of two Special Commendations from the Boston Society of Film Critics, the BSFO has also played Boston’s historic Cutler Majestic Theatre, the Nantucket Film Festival, the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, in Washington, DC, among other notable venues.

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