Carl Theodor Dreyer’s The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) is a landmark of silent film that will be familiar to past and present film students across the globe. The innovative use of close-up shots and the naturalistic manner in which the movie was filmed was revolutionary for the time, and the film remains justifiably revered.
Now, Dreyer’s masterpiece is being revived, with a new score provided in collaboration by Portishead’s Adrian Utley and Will Gregory from Goldfrapp. The pair will perform the score they’ve written in a live performance accompanying the film at a special performance in England on May 7, where they will be joined by six electric guitarists to help flesh out the soundtrack.
This isn’t the first time the film has been used as a backing for live performance—check out the clip above, which was shot at Monkeytown in Brooklyn, and features a live guitar score from musician Rob Byrd. More details on the Portishead/Goldfrapp collaboration are available here.