Joan of Arc (70th Anniversary Edition)
Greatest of all spectacles!
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- Run Time: 2 hours, 25 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: March 27, 2018
- Originally Released: 1948
- Label: KL Studio Classics
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
- Dolby Digital EX 6.1
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Ingrid Bergman, Francis L. Sullivan & José Ferrer|
|Performer:||J. Carrol Naish, Ward Bond, Gene Lockhart, Shepperd Strudwick, John Emery, Leif Erickson, Cecil Kellaway, Selena Royle, Robert Barrat, Jimmy Lydon, Rand Brooks, John Ireland, Irene Rich & Bill Cody|
|Directed by||Victor Fleming|
|Edited by||Frank Sullivan|
|Screenplay by||Maxwell Anderson & Andrew Solt|
|Composition by||Hugo Friedhofer|
|Art Direction by||Richard Day|
|Produced by||Walter Wanger|
|Director of Photography:||Joseph A. Valentine|
Academy Awards 1948 - Best Cinematography: Joseph A. Valentine, William V. Skall & Winton C. Hoch
Academy Awards 1948 - Best Costume Design (Color)
Academy Awards 1948 - Special Achievement Awards
A magnificently staged panoramic insight into the life and times of the simple French peasant girl who left such a controversial impact on history. Full Review
A beautiful and touching film treatment of France's savior. Full Review
Rating: 3/10 -- ...an unequivocal bore and slog. Full Review
The Retro Set
Rating: 3/5 -- Disappointing but courageous attempt w/Ingrid Bergman in lead.
Rating: 2.5/4 -- A solid studio production from the golden age of the Hollywood studio era, but it never really finds Joan's emotional center. Full Review
From the Front Row
Rating: C+ -- It's too bad that the career of Victor Fleming (Gone with the Wind) ended with this lavishly mounted but static and bloated production, though Ingrid Bergman gives a compelling performance. Full Review
Ingrid Bergman gives a sincere and spellbinding performance as Joan of Arc, a 16th-century peasant who convinces the cynical French royalty that God has commanded her to drive the British out of France. Placed at the head of the French army, Joan leads the forces to one daring victory after another, but betrayal lies in wait. Based on Maxwell Anderson's 1946 play, JOAN OF LORRAINE, director Victor Fleming's (GONE WITH THE WIND, THE WIZARD OF OZ) final film is a masterful adventure and tragedy.
Victor Fleming proved his skill with massive crowd scenes in both GONE WITH THE WIND and THE WIZARD OF OZ, so the impeccable battle sequences in JOAN OF ARC come as no surprise. The real piece de resistance is Ingrid Bergman's stirring performance as the young Joan, who hears voices from nowhere instructing her to aid France in driving out the British. Joan travels to the court of the dauphin, Charles VII (José Ferrer), where she passes a tricky test to persuade the dauphin of her authenticity. Placed at the head of the French army, Joan's courage and brilliant military tactics lead to victory after victory, but soon the dauphin fears Joan's enormous popularity and sells her out. Captured by the British, Joan stands trial for heresy and is sentenced to death at the stake. Many years after her martyrdom, the Catholic church would make Joan a saint. Beautifully written and wonderfully performed, Victor Fleming's last film is a spiritual adventure.
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- JOAN OF ARC marked the screen debut for actor José Ferrer, who would go on to make nearly a hundred film and television appearances.
- JOAN OF ARC cost more than $4 million to make--a huge amount for its time.
- For years after the film, French Customs officials would greet Ingrid Bergman as Jeanne d'Arc and jokingly welcome her home.
- Although he helped craft one of Bergman's most memorable roles, director Victor Fleming felt that his final film was a failure. He died a year later at the age of 66.
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