A WWI English officer is inspired the night before a dangerous mission by a vision of Joan of Arc, whose story he relives.

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John Trent, a World War I British officer, finds an ancient sword in his trench bunker just prior to volunteering for what will amount to a suicide mission the next day. That night he is visited by the spirit of Joan of Arc and is transported back to the 15th Century. Joan's career begins when, as a peasant girl, she meets Trent's ancestor, also an English soldier, fighting for the Burgundians. After Trent is captured, Joan is brought to the attention of the beleaguered Dauphin, heir to the French throne, who cannot be crowned because the English hold the royal city of Orleans. The weak Dauphin is impressed by her vision and apparently heaven-sent powers which border on the supernatural and ultimately gives her command of the armies. She is victorious at Orleans and the new King is crowned. Joan resists Trent's entreaties of love and continues her struggle to free the rest of her country from English occupation. Sinister forces, both English and French, conspire against her and she is... Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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25 December 1916 (USA)  »

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First film to use the Handschiegl Color Process. See more »

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When Trent discovers the sword, he holds the hilt in his right hand. In the insert close-up the hilt is in his left hand. In the cutback, it has returned to the right. (In fact, the insert shot has been spliced in upside-down.) See more »

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Eric Trent: God forgive us, we have burned a saint!
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Geraldine Farrar Commands the Screen
22 March 2000 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

The great opera soprano -- and early film star -- Geraldine Farrar has sometimes been treated as a curiosity in movie history (though Kevin Brownlow does her full justice in THE PARADE'S GONE BY). Here at last is her favorite film role as Joan of Arc, accompanied by the original score, magnificently played. Ignore the insipid romance and admire the ease with which Farrar plays a woman of commanding presence and divine inspiration. The battle scenes, for 1917, are extraordinarily impressive. The climactic scene at the stake, in which DeMille's visual conception, the tremendous musical score, and Farrar's sublime acting combine to overwhelming effect, is unforgettable.


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