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Young Joan of Arc comes to the palace in France to make The Dauphin King of France and is appointed to head the French Army. After winning many battles she is not needed any longer and soon she is thought of as a witch. Written by McGinty <McGinty@aol.com>

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Kenneth Haigh was cast at short notice replacing a actor who pulled out. See more »

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When Joan and the King stand by the river rallying the troops, the infantry men come running down the hill to join them. One of them falls on his face. See more »

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Warwick: What would you say if the Pope found her innocent?
John de Stogumber: He's a foreigner, too, my lord. And in England...
Warwick: You do not consider him to be infallible.
John de Stogumber: Of course, my lord. In faith and in morals...
Warwick: But this is politics.
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Not quite Falconetti
22 May 2004 | by (Bellingham, WA) – See all my reviews

Sir John Gielgud is supremely stately in this version. He excludes such profound aristocratic splendor and political good sense. I only wish that he hadn't been forced back through time in that ridiculous dream/vision sequence that frames this otherwise superb telling of the maid with moxy's eternally rewarding story.

Jean Seberg doesn't much change the intonation of her voice throughout the entire film. It becomes quite tiresome and ultimately irritating beyond reproach. Yes, she is quite lovely with her shorn locks and exquisite bone structure. She even evokes the divine Falconetti in one scene. Her curse is speech. Her movements resonate the gravity of her mission but her voice and pitch demonstrate that she hadn't quite learned to transform dialogue meant originally for the stage--into poetry for the screen.

Richard Widmark's impish, not-so-daft Dauphin is expertly portrayed. I really wanted the story to ditch the whole Joan nonsense and focus on the reign of Charles VII as played by Widmark just as he is in this film. It was fabulous to see Gilles de Rais take the throne in a failed effort to fool the maid. I would also love to see a lavish biopicture detailing his many passions. Perhaps by mockingly putting such a historically reviled figure upon the throne, these particular filmmakers were foreshadowing the searing bloodbaths yet to come to France and all of Western Europe...


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