The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) is a film without a score, as defined by director Carl Theodor Dreyer. At its two premieres in Paris and Copenhagen the film was accompanied by two different pieces of music, both played live.
Since the film’s creation it has has been destroyed twice by flames; the same fate that befell Joan of Arc herself and the original rooster of Basel that features in Dominic Watson’s film YEAST. The first version of the film was heavily censored by French religious authorities and was destroyed in a fire at UFA Studios in Berlin in 1928. Dreyer’s second version, made the following year from alternative and unused takes, was again destroyed by flames during a laboratory fire. The film was lost for decades until an original, uncensored version was discovered in 1981 during a cleanup at a Norwegian psychiatric institute.
Watson has chosen to screen Dreyer’s masterpiece in conjunction with his SPACE commission, YEAST, that depicts the trial of a rooster. He has invited Daniel Woolhouse, who produced the musical score for YEAST, to create a new soundtrack for Dreyer’s silent film.
This screening forms part of the public programme associated with the current SPACE commission, YEAST.