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Joan of Arc (1948) Poster

(1948)

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La Hire: Why are you crying?

Joan of Arc: Because they're dead. Horribly dead. And it was I who killed them.

La Hire: Killed who?

Joan of Arc: All these men. Ours, and the enemy's.

La Hire: Huh! Are you crying about the English?

Joan of Arc: I have no hatred for the English. I spoke bold and loud so that you would follow me. I thought victory would be beautiful, but it is an ugly, bloody thing.

La Hire: Why, there never was a more beautiful victory than this!

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Joan of Arc: [after seeing a soldier perish in flames during battle] Death by fire is a horrible thing.

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Isabelle d'Arc: A mother bears children and gives them to the world, and brings them up and thinks she knows them well, but she doesn't know them at all.

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The Dauphin: A ruler must compromise and bargain with the lowest kind of people, even the enemy. Men are governed by corruption, they like it.

Joan of Arc: Men hate corruption, and God hates it!

The Dauphin: I don't know about God, but men take to it very naturally.

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Pierre Cauchon: Just who's side are you on?

John, Count of Luxembourg: The same side that we are all on - the *me* side.

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Joan of Arc: [last lines, at the stake] Glory be to the Father as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be world without end!... Jesus!

[gasps in pain]

Joan of Arc: ...Jesus!

[Cut to a shot of the crucifix in front of Joan; the flames overwhelm it and now all we see is smoke that eventually dissolves into heavenly light]

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Joan of Arc: [to her troops, after hearing her voices] This is the hour. Now is the time. In God's name, strike! Strike boldly!

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Joan of Arc: But if I had a hundred fathers and a hundred mothers, I could not go back. I must go forward now.

Isabelle d'Arc: Then tell me where, Jeanette, towards what would you go?

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Bertrand de Poulengy: When do we set out?

Joan of Arc: Today rather than tomorrow; tomorrow rather than the day after.

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Joan of Arc: I have heard my voices again - they told me I did a very wicked thing by denying them, but they have forgiven me. I have faith in them - I have none in you.

Jean le Maistre: This is a fatal answer.

Father Massieu: Joan, do you know what this means? It means the fire - your death.

Joan of Arc: To live without faith is more terrible than the fire, more terrible than dying young. I have nothing more to do here. Send me back to God, from whom I came.

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Jean Beaupere: Do you believe that you are in a state of grace?

Joan of Arc: If I am not, may God put me there. If I am, may... may He keep me there.

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Offscreen Narrator: As she knelt there in the little ruined chapel... the voices of her saints spoke to her again and again, urging her to become a soldier, to lead the armies of France, to crown the Dauphin at Rheims. Impossible things they asked of her, and asked again.

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Constable of Clervaux: If you are the Maid and I don't say that you are- but if you are, I have a message from the people of Clervaux. It's this, go with God and save France. Save France and save our people.

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Father Massieu: Go... Child of God... Daughter of France... go!

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Joan of Arc: My gentle Dauphin, it is you I seek, for I have come a long way to find you and no other can take your place. God has spoken to me through His messengers, and it is His will that I come to aid you and that you be King of France.

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Joan of Arc: BISHOP! I die through you!

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Joan of Arc: I think I have courage to die, but not to die thus in small sick ways.

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Jean Beaupere: What do your voices tell you?

Joan of Arc: They tell me to answer you boldly.

Jean le Maistre: Did they promise to deliver you?

Joan of Arc: Saint Catherine told me I would be rescued. I do not know whether this means I will be delivered by a French attack upon this city of Rouen, or something else. But I was told I would be freed by a great victory.

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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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Joan of Arc: [after receiving no answer from her voices] Then I must go forth alone, without knowing how.

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Jean le Maistre: One moment, Bishop Beauvais. If this girl has been tricked into breaking her vow, I will not share in the sentence against her.

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Jean de la Fontaine: [a completely bald man, sheepishly, to Joan] Do the saints have hair?

[Joan and several members of the court laugh]

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Joan of Arc: Oh sweet God, forgive me - forgive me! I was afraid. What I said was for fear of the fire. I have damned my soul to save my life.

[She weeps, but then, overjoyed, hears something we cannot]

Joan of Arc: You speak to me! And I denied you.

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Joan of Arc: I see it so clearly now - my "victory" is my martyrdom. My "escape" - my death.

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Sir William Glasdale: I have never feared sorcery, and I take no warning from a harlot.

Joan of Arc: [holding back tears] I meant only well to you.

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Joan of Arc: You see there is no strength in me, and no strength in my hands. There is no strength in any of our hands great enough to win against the English. Our strength is in our faith. And if our faith is eaten away by little things that God hates, then, though there be a million of us, we should be beaten back and die.

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Joan of Arc: Don't swear, La Hire. But if you must, swear "by my staff".

La Hire: "By my staff!" What kind of an oath is that?

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La Hire: She's one of two things - either a charlatan, or a fool.

Joan of Arc: As for the first, I can't answer, as I don't know what the word means. If I am a fool, God as least has not held it against me.

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Joan of Arc: There must be no swearing in this army, among high or low.

La Hire: Do you want to strike the army dumb?

Joan of Arc: This must begin with you.

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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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Georges de la Trémouille: Don't trust her, my lord!

The Dauphin: I'm trying not to trust her - but every time I look into her eyes, I believe what she says is true.

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Jean - Duke d'Alencon: Your kingdom slips from you and you look the other way.

The Dauphin: No more Alencon, if you love me.

Jean - Duke d'Alencon: If I love you, I must say more.

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Joan of Arc: Believe me, I'd rather go home and spin with my mother, for this is not my proper place.

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The Dauphin: And what does France mean to me? A mad father who signed away my rights with a treaty - a mother who has declared me illegitimate. A sister who married the enemy king and now is mothering a pretender to my throne. Do you wonder if I amuse myself?

Jean - Duke d'Alencon: I can't watch it.

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The Dauphin: The truth is Joan, I'm not the sort of person God will be very likely to be interested in. Truly I'm not. No, I'm no worse than the others here probably, but God bothers very little with any of us, if you should ask me. Now, I've been honest with you; be honest with me. What is it you want? Money? Lands? Presents? I'm a poor man, in spite of being...

Joan of Arc: It is not true that God takes no interest in you. You say that to hide yourself from me, as you hid just now among the women - but God will find you out, and make you king.

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Joan of Arc: All I have done, I have done by the command of my Lord - that is, all I have done well.

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Joan of Arc: You say that you are my judges - I do not know if you are, but I say this: take care not to judge me wrongly, for in truth, I am sent by God, and you place yourself in great danger.

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Joan of Arc: I should be in a church prison, guarded by women. Must you leave me here, Father Massieu?

Father Massieu: I am commanded to leave you here. God keep you, child.

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Joan's prison guard: You'll be burned, you'll be burned in the square. You'll die without knowing what it's like to be kissed. Look at me... look at me wench!

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Thierache: Oh father, pray for me! I will be damned forever, I have burnt a saint!

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

[she shakes her head]

Joan of Arc: No, the pain won't be little - but it will end.

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Joan of Arc: [Joan pleads that the siege be continued] We need only to go forward, and the fort is ours!

La Hire: If she wants to attack - we attack.

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Joan of Arc: Oh sweet God, you have been with me always. Be with me now, through the darkness. For I meant hurt to no one - let none be hurt for me.

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Joan of Arc: I am to lead the Dauphin's armies.

Sir Robert de Baudricourt - governor of Vaucouleurs: To lead his armies? When did the Dauphin have an army? And women don't lead armies, girl, they follow. If you want to become that, a camp follower, it can be arranged.

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Jean Beaupere: Why did you display your banner at the coronation?

Joan of Arc: It had shared in the toil, it was only right that it should share in the honor.

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Jean - Duke d'Alencon: La Hire takes pride in being a plain, blunt fellow without polish for anybody, so think nothing of his greeting. He fights well.

Joan of Arc: If he fights well, I shall like him.

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Joan of Arc: Having lived amongst soldiers, it was more fitting for me that I should wear man's clothes.

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Father Massieu: O mistaken men, traitors to yourselves and your country, you thrust greatness and an undying name upon your chief enemy!

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The Bishop of Avranches: I warn you, you the so-called judges, you may succeed in sending this girl to the stake, but one day, your English king will be ashamed of these proceedings. Rome will declare the truth about this girl, and France will praise the Maid for its birth as one nation!

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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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