Set mostly in empty spaces for the first three quarters of the film, the faces become the canvas that display of all the emotion during this heartbreaking series of events. They have such interesting features, and despite the total absence of dialogue or sound effects, the films' message is driven by their expressions, and the occasional text page to demonstrate a key question or response. The swift cross-cutting between individuals is flawless for such an old film, and the luminous cinematography is also beautiful. The final ten minutes, consisting of the riots in protest to Joan's death are brutal and unforgettable. Accompanied by a haunting score composed by Richard Einhorn, this is no doubt one of the greatest films of all time, whose importance and influence is still very very apparent today!
My Rating: 5 Stars
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