The Passion of Joan of Arc

Jun 11 2018 Posted: 08:42 IST

The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)

Galway Cathedral Recitals - Summer Concerts 2018 in association with Huston School of Film & Digital Media, presents a cine-concert of Carl Theodore Dreyer's 1928 silent masterpiece with live accompaniment on the Cathedral's organ by John Columba McCann.

Dreyer’s film is based on the actual record of the trial of Joan of Arc and her sentence to be burnt at the stake in 1431. Aiming to communicate Joan’s purity, Dreyer's scrupulously prepared film was shot using natural light and actors without makeup in order to highlight the naturalism of the characters and their expressiveness. Despite being produced by Société Génerale des Films, the film’s premiere was delayed due to the protests of the Bishop of Paris who insisted on several scenes being cut.  Dreyer's direction and Renee Falconetti's performance in the lead role are often listed as amongst the finest in cinema history.

JOHN COLUMBA MCCANN is a member of the monastic community at Glenstal Abbey, where his roles include organist, director of the school choir, novice master and director of Benedictine Oblates. Drawing inspiration from the French tradition of organ improvisation, he was mostly self-taught until he was fortunate to receive lessons from Ansgar Wallenhorst (Ratiingen) and Frédéric Blanc (Paris). Over the last ten years he has hosted the Glenstal Abbey summer school in organ improvisation, where he has acted as assistant tutor.

The screening will be introduced by Dr Tony Tracy of Huston School of Film & Digital Media, NUI Galway and will take place in  Galway Cathedral on Thursday 5 July at 8:00pm

Tickets through Eventbriteor on the door.

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