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Joan of Arc (1948)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, War | 15 April 1949 (Ireland)
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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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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Biography | Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

15 April 1949 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Joan of Lorraine See more »

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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

The film was not really a commercial success upon release, but only partly due to RKO's poor publicity campaign (which producer Walter Wanger blamed on then-RKO president Howard Hughes). Audiences stayed away from the film when Ingrid Bergman's affair with director Roberto Rossellini was revealed while the movie was in release, because they considered it blasphemous for an adulterous woman to be playing a saint. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Sir Robert de Baudricourt - governor of Vaucouleurs: [as Joan rides off to see the Dauphin] Go then, Maid of Lorraine. I expect but little of you, but go, and come what may!
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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 some prints of the edited version, the voices of the saints that Joan hears giving her commands are heard by the audience. In the original 145-minute version, as well as the DVD version, the saints are not heard at all. All that is heard is a soprano voice singing a wordless chant when Joan first goes into battle, and when she hears her voices for the last time. See more »

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Referenced in The Art of Dying (1991) See more »

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RESTORED VERSION ON DVD IS OUTSTANDING!
22 May 2004 | by blue-7See all my reviews

The difference between the butchered 100 minute release of Victor Fleming's final film, JOAN OF ARC and the original 146 minute version is like night and day! UCLA has worked on restoring this film to its uncut form for some 10 years -- the results can now be seen with the May 2004 release on DVD by Image-Entertainment. My opinion of the film has greatly changed for the better. For some years I have had access to the 100 minute cut on a nice Laser Disc copy. Seeing the new DVD is a revelation. Not only is the Technicolor splendor of the original on the DVD, but the film as conceived by Victor Fleming is 100% better in its restored form. Ingrid Bergman may be a bit old to play the part, but she is quite marvelous as is Jose Ferrer as the Dolphin, in this his first film appearance. If you have any interest in this film and have only seen it in its butchered form, then do yourself a favor and take a look at the DVD. In this form it can take its place along side Victor Fleming's two most famous films, GONE WITH THE WIND and THE WIZARD OF OZ.


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