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Francis L. Sullivan ...
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John, Count of Luxembourg (Joan's captor)
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Selena Royle ...
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Jean d'Arc (Joan's older brother)
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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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Maxwell Anderson's play, "Joan of Lorraine", from which this film was adapted, is a play-within-a-play, and its plot not only relates the story of Joan of Arc but also shows the effect that Joan's story has on an acting company that is performing it, especially the actress playing the leading role. Ingrid Bergman had wanted to retain the play's structure for the film, but the studio thought the idea was uncinematic and would not appeal to moviegoers, so the Joan of Arc scenes were expanded by Anderson and Andrew Solt, and the film's plot was altered to tell only the story of Joan. The title was also changed to the more easily identifiable "Joan of Arc". In contrast to "Joan of Lorraine", in which all the actors played two or more roles, the majority of actors in "Joan of Arc" played only one role. However, quite a bit of Anderson's original stage dialogue was retained for the film. See more »

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Length of Joan's chain mail is different from 43:38 to 44:29. See more »

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Joan of Arc: It cannot take long to die - there will be a little pain, and then it will end.
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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 »

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Martyr and Saint – One of the Most Beautiful Stories Ever
11 November 2007 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

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 (Ingrid Bergman) claims to hear voices from Heaven asking her to lead God's Army against Orleans and crowning the weak Dauphin Charles VII (José Ferrer) 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, when in 1931 she is sentenced to burn at stake.

The story of Joan D'Arc is one of the most beautiful I have seen in the cinema, and Victor Fleming's version is no exception. I have seen Carl Dryer's and Robert Bresson's (the best), Luc Besson's (the weakest – actually a means to promote his girlfriend Mila Jovovich), Christian Duguay's (a great television version with Leelee Sobieski in the lead role) and all of them a good movies because the story of this martyr and saint "Maid of Lorraine" is actually awesome and doomed to please the audiences. Her history shows faith, betrayal and corruption in a period of treachery and domination of the powerful Catholic Church in Europe. Ingrid Bergman is miscast in the role of a fourteen to nineteen years old girl that can be confused with a man, but she has a great and shining performance and deserved her nomination to the Oscar. The debut of José Ferrer could not be better, performing a shallow and corrupt king. The Oscar winning cinematography is very beautiful for a 1948 movie. The DVD released in Brazil is completely restored but unfortunately there is a bug in chapter 6, stopping the movie. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "Joana D'Arc" ("Joan of Arc")


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