Pam and I got our first real taste of Honors World Cinema when we went to watch one of our required viewings today. It was La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc, from some guy named Dreyer. Very early on in the movie, we demonstrated our legitimacy in belonging to the Honors Program when we spent a minute or two wondering if maybe the DVD was defective because even though the movie had started, there wasn't any sound. We turned the volume up on the TV, and even though we could hear the TV machinery humming, still no sound from the movie. It was a while before we realized it was a silent movie (duh, it was from 1927!). And then we knew we were in trouble.
Anyhoo, word of advice. If you ever want to appear "high-brow" and film-savvy, this is the movie for you. But if you ever want to learn about Joan of Arc and be entertained at the same time, just watch some of Hollywood's latest, considerably less snooty, offerings. Because this movie, while not exactly difficult to understand, requires a lot of patience to keep you focused. It was all I could do to keep from checking the time. It wasn't horrible by any means, just slow.
Norm from work summed up the movie brilliantly: it's an hour and a half of a woman staring off into space with teary, blankly expressive eyes. (He actually acted it out for me, and it was funny as hell). The random fly that kept buzzing onscreen and landing on people's faces was a hoot, though!