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Joan of Arc (1948)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, War | 11 November 1948 (Brazil)
The abbreviated life of the 15th Century French heroine.

Director:

Victor Fleming

Writers:

Maxwell Anderson (play), Maxwell Anderson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Won 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ingrid Bergman ... Joan of Arc
Francis L. Sullivan ... Pierre Cauchon - Count-Bishop of Beauvais
J. Carrol Naish ... John, Count of Luxembourg - Joan's Captor
Ward Bond ... La Hire
Shepperd Strudwick ... Father Jean Massieu - Joan's Bailiff / Narrator
Gene Lockhart ... Duke Georges de La Trémouille - The King's Chief Counsellor
John Emery ... Jean, Duke d'Alencon - Cousin of Charles VII
Leif Erickson ... Dunois, Bastard of Orleans
Cecil Kellaway ... Jean Le Maistre - Inquisitor of Rouen
José Ferrer ... The Dauphin - Charles VII, later King of France
Selena Royle ... Isabelle d'Arc - Joan's Mother: At Domremy
Robert Barrat ... Jacques d'Arc - Joan's Father: At Domremy
Jimmy Lydon ... Pierre d'Arc - Joan's Younger Brother: At Domremy (as James Lydon)
Rand Brooks ... Jean d'Arc - Joan's Older Brother: At Domremy
Roman Bohnen ... Durand Laxart - Joan's Uncle: At Domremy
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Storyline

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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Greatest of all spectacles! See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The company that produced this film was not the same Sierra Pictures that had produced silent films. It was an all-new company formed by Walter Wanger, Victor Fleming and Ingrid Bergman. The company produced no more films after this one. See more »

Goofs

At 1:13:31, the hand position of the man on the right changes. See more »

Quotes

The Dauphin: I'm not sure God wants me to be king. Why should God send me help, when I am - what I am?
Joan of Arc: Put aside your doubts and fears, my lord Dauphin. Be noble as I have dreamed you to be - be as God requires you to be.
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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 »

Alternate Versions

In 1998, UCLA restored "Joan of Arc" to its original length of 145 minutes, and the complete version was finally given its first public screening in nearly fifty years on December 3, 1998. See more »

Connections

Featured in Ingrid Bergman Remembered (1996) See more »

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At 100 minutes this is a waste
4 December 2003 | by crow-blushSee all my reviews

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

11 November 1948 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Joan of Lorraine See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,600,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (cut) | (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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