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Joan of Arc (1948)

The abbreviated life of the 15th Century French heroine.

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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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15 April 1949 (Ireland)  »

Also Known As:

Joan of Lorraine  »

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$4,600,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to a recently published biography of director Victor Fleming, he and playwright Maxwell Anderson were both deeply dissatisfied with the finished film. For some reason, Fleming actually felt embarrassed by it, and Anderson was especially disappointed that the film did not retain the play-within-a-play structure of "Joan of Lorraine", the stage drama on which "Joan of Arc" was based. See more »

Goofs

Shots at 2:22:05 and 2:22:18 are mirrored. See more »

Quotes

Joan of Arc: My King, have you taken money from the English?
The Dauphin: That is not a question a king should be asked - or have to answer.
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Crazy Credits

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 »

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I have seen the DVD, full length version--a very flawed film with some redeeming aspects
9 November 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A very poor film translation of a stage play--rather than being tailored to the movie medium, this is very stagy, overly talky. The dialogue is arty and artificial. Everyone is obviously acting, giving a performance, though Bergman is radiant and her performance is passionate and sincere.

All of the exteriors (outdoor shots) which feature close ups of the lead actors are obviously shot on a sound stage. Some beautiful outdoor footage is used occasionally for establishing shots or transitions between scenes, but Bergman never leaves the soundstage.

On the positive side, the film is beautifully photographed, many individual shots are works of art, masterfully lit and composed. However, the camera moves only when necessary to follow the actors, the shots are static, adding to the staginess of the production. Which reminds me of CB DeMille; you could get a good idea of this film by saying it's like a DeMille film, only with more high art pretensions and less spectacle (no cast of thousands here).

The most outstanding aspect of 'Joan of Arc' is the music, it's prominently featured, good and loud, and it deserves to be--it's gorgeous.

The DVD has no extras at all, though the image and sound are excellent--a very good restoration job. A commentary track would have been very welcome; my guess is this was a challenging production, possibly with a long production period (three cinematographers are listed). It was a commercial failure, at least in part because of public condemnation of Bergman's personal life. I believe director Victor Flemming died soon after production. Lots of meat here for an interesting commentary or two.


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