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pay cuts, hair cuts, & burning at the stake

joan_of_arcFor any who don’t already know – my work situation has been a little screwy for a while. My boss has basically been paying $800/mo. for my office, only for me to telecommute from it to Naples, FL – where she is 99% of the time. Monday, she called me at said office and asked me to start working from home. I am very stoked about this. She also said I could take home the computer from the office (again – stoked) and keep it no matter what … (still stoked, but growing uneasy). Then she said she had to cut my salary by 25%. Stoked no more. The upside is, she only exppects 30 hours a week from instead of 40 – giving me time to garner more freelance work.

I’ve been want ing to get a portfolio online for a while and finally hit it hard last week. Donovanworks is at least presentable now. I invite your feedback (and by “feedback” I mean words of praise and encouragement). I spent a lot of time this weekend working on both the site and a minifolio to give to potential clients/employers. Last night was the first free night I’ve had in a very long time. So Kristin and I watched a movie on the laptop in bed.

My friend Rich hates movies directed by Mel Gibson. I think he’s still not seen The Passion of The Christ. Everytime someone mentions The Passion or Braveheart, Rich cries a little inside. Then he encourages them to watch The Passion of Joan of Arc. Originally shot in 1927 by French Director, Carl Th. Dreyer this silent film stars Maria Flaconetti (Jeanne d’Arc).

This film is amazing. It is no exaggeration to say it may be one of the finest examples of cinema to date (and that is what Rich always says). The burning of Joan at the stake is more real and more tasteful than any torture scene I’ve ever witnessed on screen. However, the most moving scene (to me) was when Joan’s hair is being cut as a preparation for her execution. Flaconetti’s performance is superb. It’s raw and emotive and gathers even more power through Dreyer’s vivid close-ups (which he uses unsparingly). This is nothing like Luc Besson’s freaky The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc. The following is from the opening credits of the film:

Shot in France by Carl Th. Dreyer, The Passion of Joan of Arc was the victim of several ordeals. Censored before its release in 1928, the original negative was soon destroyed by fire. A second negative reedited by Dreyer from alternate takes was also thought lost to fire.

For more than a half-century, this great classic of silent film was known only in mutilated copies, or in a sonorized version which made numerous changes to the original.

Then, in 1981, an original Danish copy, complete and in very good condition, was miraculously discovered in a closet of a Norwegian mental institution. Thanks to the aid of Ib Monty, Director of the Danish Film Museum, and of Maurice Drouzy, who reestablished the French text, the Cinematheque Francais has been able to reconstitue this French version, probably very close to the original.

A score for the film, entitled Voices of Light was later composed by Richard Einhorn. The score is optional on the Cirterion Collection DVD. Kristin and I watched the silent film on it’s own last night. I plan to watch it with the music soon. The following appears before the opening credits:


The Passion of Joan of Arc is a silent film. At the time of its initial release it was presented with various pieces of music performed live, and there is no information that Carl Th. Dreyer ever selected a difinitive score for his film.

However, we feel that Richard Einhorn’s Voices of Light adds an extra dimension to Dreyer’s film, and that both works benefit from being presented together. Not actually a score, but rather music inspired by the film, Einhorn’s work interweaves medieval texts and original music to comment both on the legend of Joan and Dreyer’s depiction of her.

I commend this film to you – all who read this blog. It’s fantastic.


12 responses

  1. Matt-
    Your site looks great. Hey, in the spring I would like to do some portraist at our new house. Give me a shout!

    February 21, 2006 at 9:58 pm

  2. danielle

    the minifolio is a great idea, defintiely. i like your site, too…it will be good to have everything in one place.

    February 22, 2006 at 7:34 am

  3. Ken – I’m planning on being in Austin March 11-13 for SXSW. Want to do them then?

    danielle – thanks for the compliments. I’m still trying to make it layout correctly in IE Mac. Apparently nobody uses IE Mac anymore and if they do they’re complete losers.  So I’m not going to worry about it.

    February 22, 2006 at 11:40 am

  4. Matt – I love your stuff. The minifolio is a great idea and looks awesome. Are you going to have those printed?

    See you in Austin in a couple of weeks!

    February 22, 2006 at 1:03 pm

  5. Matt,
    Great work there buddy. The site is well done.
    Passion of Joan is fantastic. About five years ago, it was playing on tv and I remember watching it and saying that I have to make films. This film is one of the first films that moved me artistically. Also, one of the reasons why I ended up working at Cinema Revolution. I need your phone number. We should catch up when you have a free min.

    February 22, 2006 at 2:40 pm

  6. heneise – I printed 5 of the minifolios at kinkos. It was a little expensive ($24), but I hope worth it in the long run.

    February 22, 2006 at 3:53 pm

  7. hey man, LOVE the site and the minifolio – ultracoolio. shawnda and I are praying for you guys. let’s talk via voice soon!

    February 22, 2006 at 4:10 pm

  8. Matt-
    It would need to be after March, would like to have the new addition to the family in the portrait… Maybe early summer.


    February 23, 2006 at 5:12 pm

  9. hey matt- tell kristen that i posted on our adoption process for her…since she asked…today. hope to see ya’ll soon. love, tracey

    February 27, 2006 at 5:12 pm

  10. When are you going to post again? We need to catch up. Shawnda and I are going to have a movie night, any other good recommendations? How about an updated top 5! Love you guys.

    March 10, 2006 at 10:40 pm

  11. I second Jason’s request. Come on, post something!!!

    March 15, 2006 at 12:29 pm

  12. Great website yours faithfully Reina Sherry

    June 15, 2011 at 9:39 pm

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