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25 December 1916 (USA) See more »
Based on the life of the immortal Joan of Arc See more »
A WWI English officer is inspired the night before a dangerous mission by a vision of Joan of Arc, whose story he relives. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Geraldine Farrar ... Jeanne d'Arc (Joan of Arc)

Raymond Hatton ... Charles VII

Hobart Bosworth ... Gen. La Hire

Theodore Roberts ... Cauchon

Wallace Reid ... Eric Trent 1431 / Eric Trent 1917

Charles Clary ... La Tremouille
James Neill ... Laxart

Tully Marshall ... L'Oiseleur
Lawrence Peyton ... Gaspard

Horace B. Carpenter ... Jacques d'Arc

Cleo Ridgely ... The king's favorite

Lillian Leighton ... Isambeau

Marjorie Daw ... Katherine
Ernest Joy ... Robert de Beaudricourt
John Oaker ... Jean de Metz
Hugo B. Koch ... Duke of Burgundy
William Conklin ... John of Luxembourg

Walter Long ... The executioner
William Elmer ... Guy Townes (as Billy Elmer)
Emilius Jorgensen ... Michael

Donald Crisp
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jack Hoxie (as Hart Hoxie)

Lucien Littlefield

Ramon Novarro ... Starving Peasant (as Ramon Samaniegos)

Nigel De Brulier ... Man at trial (uncredited)

Jack Holt ... (uncredited)

Fred Kohler ... L'Oiseleur's henchman (uncredited)

Directed by
Cecil B. DeMille 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
William C. de Mille 
Jeanie Macpherson  scenario

Produced by
Cecil B. DeMille .... producer
Original Music by
William Furst 
Cinematography by
Alvin Wyckoff 
Film Editing by
Cecil B. DeMille 
Art Direction by
Wilfred Buckland 
Pansy Perry .... stunt double: Geraldine Farrar (uncredited)

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Germany:100 min | Germany:138 min (2003) | USA:138 min
Color (Handschiegel Color) | Black and White
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

First film to use the Handschiegl Color Process.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Jeanne d'Arc:No sword once drawn for France - shall be thrown down!See more »
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Featured in Cecil B. DeMille: American Epic (2004) (TV)See more »


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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Jeanne D'Arc 1917, 2 July 2007
Author: dbdumonteil

The problem with Joan of Arc is that she was only seventeen when her story began.Geraldine Farrar was 25 and she was obviously too old for the part.Most of the versions to come had the same problem:to name but three,Ingrid Bergman in Fleming's epic,or MIchèle MOrgan in Joan's native country or even Falconetti in Dreyer's masterpiece were not physically the maid of Orleans .Otto Preminger was right when he cast a nineteen years old Jean Seberg.

This is minor quibble .De Mille' s movie is a good,nay excellent epic. It was a propaganda movie,cause it featured a "modern" prologue and an epilogue which took place in the tranches during WW1.DeMille would continue in that vein in his "ten commandment" (1923) where a long biblical part was followed by a "realistic" contemporary tale.But propaganda movie does not mean bad movie!Cecil Blunt de Mille was a storyteller extraordinaire,only equaled in the silent era by David Wark Griffith.

Joan's adventures are half history (The meeting with the queen in Chinon,my own native town ,the trial ,Jean de Luxembourg selling Joan)half fictionalized history: Eric de Trent appears at the beginning of Joan's epic ,in Domremy,we find him back in Orleans,Compiègne,Rouen,all along the way,which has nothing to do with French history.Ditto for the king's failed abdication just when Joan is in the castle ,or worse the poisoned wine (by Bishop Pierre Cauchon,no less.Eric de TRent looks like an alter ego of Gilles de Retz (or Rais) -not present in the movie- who reportedly was in love with Joan and who ,becoming mad after her death ,buggered and killed lots of children (the legend made him Blue Beard).

This is a very well told story;La Tremouille's despicable role -he is referred to as "the spider" ,I have not noticed his name in the lines- is not passed over in silence;the battles in Orleans are better than ,say,the Lara Croftesque ones depicted by Luc Besson's recent "the messenger" ;the martyrdom in Rouen where De Mille makes an unusually inventive use of color for the fire.All the lines are in Middle -Ages English :funny how ,since William the Conqueror,many French and English words look like each other (coward=couard ,old French for "lâche" ).Sentences from the trial are often authentic.

French's honor!This "Joan of Arc" is one of the best!

Like this? Try these:

"La Merveilleuse HIstoire de Jeanne D'Arc" Marc(o) De Gastyne,1928 "La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc " Carl Dreyer 1928 "Joan of Arc " Victor Fleming 1948 "Destinées" Jean Delannoy 1953 (one sketch) "Giovanna d'Arco al rogo" Roberto Rosselini,1954 "Saint Joan" Otto Preminger 1957 "Procès de Jeanne D'Arc" Robert Bresson 1962

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