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Joan of Arc (1900)

Jeanne d'Arc (original title)
Not Rated | | Short, Drama, History | 11 November 1900 (USA)
A divinely inspired peasant woman becomes an army captain for France and then is martyred after she is captured.

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Uncredited cast:
Jeanne Calvière ... Joan of Arc (uncredited)
Jehanne d'Alcy ... Joan's Mother / Lady at Vaucouleurs / Lady at Orléans (uncredited)
... Joan's Father / Joan's Uncle / Robert de Baudricourt / Beggar / Soldier / Jailer / Wood Carrier (uncredited)
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Miraculously salvaged in 1982, this grand hand-tinted cinematographic epic in twelve superb static tableaux marks the great Georges Méliès's second cinematic triumph after his classic fairy-tale adaptation of Cinderella (1899). Although the introductory scene which establishes the young Joan as a humble peasant maiden is forever lost, the film still manages to portray Joan of Arc as a saint and France's national hero, through the use of theatrical long shots, experimental medium shots where the action is, and gradual dissolves. Starting off with the seraphic visitation by Archangel Michael, St. Margaret and St. Catherine, a 13-year-old Joan accepts a divine call to arms against her parents' will, as she boldly crosses the iron gates of Vaucouleur, convincing Captain Robert de Baudricourt to grand his permission to lead an army. Next, as Charles VII is crowned King of France in the magnificent Reims Cathedral after the decisive victory at Orléans, the brutal Siege of Compiègne and ... Written by Nick Riganas

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A Truly Moving Joan of Arc
10 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

This is a classic tale of a true figure in French history, who paid a price for her beliefs. She is heroic as she fends off those that would have her take the easy way out. This film is hand painted and has brilliant color throughout. Also, the images are sophisticated. I have always thought that this story ranks with the best. Was Joan a hero or was she mad? Any way you look at it, she had the entire courage of her convictions.


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