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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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Genres:

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Details

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

According to a recently published biography of director Victor Fleming, he and playwright Maxwell Anderson were both deeply dissatisfied with the finished film. For some reason, Fleming actually felt embarrassed by it, and Anderson was especially disappointed that the film did not retain the play-within-a-play structure of "Joan of Lorraine", the stage drama on which "Joan of Arc" was based. See more »

Goofs

Length of Joan's chain mail is different from 43:38 to 44:29. See more »

Quotes

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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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

This movie was originally released at 145 minutes. Forty-five minutes were cut for its second run. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Miracle of the Bells (1948) 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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