Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Currently Watching

I've been slowly working my way through two very beautiful, quiet and inspiring films.

"The Passion of Joan of Arc", 1928

The story behind the film is really interesting (via Wikipedia), "The original version of the film was lost for decades after a fire destroyed the master negative. Dreyer (the director) himself attempted to reassemble a version from out-takes and surviving prints, but he died believing his original cut was lost forever. In one of the most important discoveries in cinema history, a virtually complete print of Dreyer's original version was found in 1981 in a janitor's closet of an Oslo mental institution. This version is now available on DVD" - and streaming online through Netflix.

Also watching, "Into Great Silence" by Philip Gröning, 2005 - a documentary about Carthusian monks.

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