There is nothing I can say about this film that can express how phenomenal, how moving, how incredibly beautiful it is. Extremely ahead of its time, foreshadowing work by Fellini; Dreyer's use of almost constant closeups is unnerving and highly effective.
Renee Falconetti gives a raw and unearthly performance as the Maid of Orleans. This was her first and last role, and I can see why - it is emotionally destroying. Only the fact that I was watching this at home, with its ambient distractions, kept me from dissolving completely into anguish.