The Passion of Joan of Arc
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The Passion of Joan of Arc
The Passion of Joan of Arc, Carl Theodor Dreyer

The Passion of Joan of Arc, Carl Theodor Dreyer

Adrian Utley (Portishead) and Will Gregory (Goldfrapp) are to collaborate on a new score for Carl Theodor Dreyer’s classic 1928 film The Passion Of Joan Of Arc.

The film will be screened at Bristol’s Colston Hall on May 7, accompanied by a live premiere performance of the new score. Charles Hazlewood will conduct an eclectic group, including Utley and Gregory, consisting of six electric guitars, members of the Monteverdi Choir, percussion, horns and keyboards.

Long regarded as a towering masterpiece of silent cinema, the film chronicles Joan’s trial, imprisonment, torture and execution. The story is told using her own words from trial transcripts discovered in 1924 shortly before her canonisation.

Dreyer shot much of the film in close up, allowing the faces of the actors to tell the story through their expressions, inspiring many future generations of film makers including Sergio Leone.

This one-off performance is a unique collaboration between internationally renowned musicians Utley and Gregory, the newly refurbished Colston Hall and Watershed, one of the UK’s leading independent cinemas.

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