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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
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She's one of two things - either a charlatan, or a fool.
Joan of Arc:
As for the first, I can't answer, as I don't know what the word means. If I am a fool, God as least has not held it against me.
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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 »
Why? It was made in 1948, when it was still acceptable in America to have open/honest religious feeling in public, so the film's tone is not apologetic, as later versions are. Bergman is utterly immersed in her role and radiates "purity" above "sexiness", which modern film makers tend to emphasize to please the marketing people (among others). In 1948, "production" aspects of film (plot, characters, "significance" of story) were paramount; and marketing was secondary. The order is reversed today, sadly, so films sacrifice "significance" for "popularity" ...which dates the film quickly.
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