The Passion of Joan of Arc

Carl Theodore Dreyer's 1928 film The Passion of Joan of Arc is probably the finest piece of cinema to come out of the silent era, if not the whole of film history. While Dreyer's direction builds the bulwark of that immense praise, his star,  Renée Jeanne Falconetti, is the heart of it. An actor and producer of light stage comedies, Falconetti's dramatic turn as Joan, her only screen acting credit, is one of the finest examples of acting in all of cinema.