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In the Fifteenth Century, France is a defeated and ruined nation after the One Hundred Years War against England. The fourteen years old farm girl Joan of Arc claims to hear voices from Heaven asking her to lead God's Army against Orleans and crowning the weak Dauphin Charles VII as King of France. Joan gathers the people with her faith, forms an army and conquerors Orleans. When her army is ready to attack Paris, the corrupt Charles sells his country to England and dismiss the army. Joan is arrested, sold to the Burgundians England and submitted to a shameful political trial in Rouen castle. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Madam Karinska's Motion Picture Academy Award Costume Design "Oscar," for Howard Hughes produced RKO 1948 feature film "Joan of Arc" is shared with Dorothy Jeakins. The original feature film "Joan of Arc" costume designer was New York City Broadway set and costume/couturier designer, resident Raoul Pene du Bois, who asked Karinska to collaborate with him on the costume film extravaganza starring Ingrid Bergman. The first costume they designed in New York City was the suit of armor that Bergman would wear as Joan of Arc. Raoul Pene du Bois and Barbara Karinska worked with the head of the Metropolitan Museum's historical armor collection - where the film's suit of armor for Joan of Arc was made, in the Metropolitan's back-room armor restoration department. This was the first costume completed for the film. Moving to Hollywood, Raoul Pene du Bois and Madam Karinska continued their film collaboration-partnership, with Raoul Pene du Bois designing costumes and Karinska supervising costume construction in the studio wardrobe shop. Raoul Pene du Bois tired of the slow production process abruptly departed for his return to New York City, leaving Karinska to proceed with the costumes for the costume epic. After Raoul Pene du Bois's departure, the film producers insisted on seeing more costume sketches - which Karinska could not accomplish with her costume construction time schedule nor lack of talent in illustrating. Karinska hired a newspaper-advertising fashion illustrator from the Bullock's Wilshire department store advertising staff - Dorothy Jeakins - to illustrate the additional feature film's costume proposals. As production proceeded, Dorothy Jeakins became more involved in the costume construction supervision, fittings, and finishing of wardrobe specifics required in the filming process. After filming began, wardrobe requirements completed, Karinska returned to New York leaving Dorothy Jeakins to finish the film's shooting schedule. In the best Hollywood tradition, Dorothy Jeakins' film studio career was launched after winning the shared Motion Picture Academy Award "Oscar" trophy statuette. See more »
Length of Joan's chain mail is different from 43:38 to 44:29. See more »
Jean de la Fontaine:
[a completely bald man, sheepishly, to Joan]
Do the saints have hair?
[Joan and several members of the court laugh]
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In the 145-minute version of the film, the cast list, naming not only the actors but who they played, was deliberately presented in the style of the cast list of "Gone With the Wind", in order to evoke the feeling of an epic about to be presented. Victor Fleming, who directed "Joan of Arc", had also directed "Gone With the Wind" (after replacing George Cukor, "GWTW"'s original, uncredited director). See more »
Good editing always improves the rough vision of the accumulated daily takes. Chopping the heart out of a completed film, however, should simply be a hanging offense.
The original 1948 Joan of Arc at 145 minutes is magnificent. The 100-minute version that's been foisted off on the USA buying public is below mediocre. Key scenes were deleted wholesale with no regard to continuity or development.
The only enjoyment from the severely and amateurishly edited version is to see Ingrid Bergman do what she does best. But only if you have seen the original version can this chopped and cropped semi-copy have any marginal value.
Check the specifications on any version you are tempted to buy. If the running time is 100 minutes, don't bother. Some European versions are longer at 125 and 133 minutes. Hopefully, someone will offer this masterpiece in a full 145 minute DVD version
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