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Joan of Arc

  • 1948
  • Victor Fleming
  • 145 mins
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Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Ingrid Bergman was 32 years old when she took the teenage lead in Victor Fleming's adaptation of Maxwell Anderson's play, Joan of Lorraine. But she gives a poignant performance in reprising a role that had earned her the inaugural Tony Award, playing the French peasant who convinces José Ferrer's Dauphin to fight the English, only for him to betray her. Both received Oscar nominations for their roles, although when the stately paced picture drew lukewarm notices, 45 minutes of footage were cut. That footage is restored in this longer, more satisfying version, which was assembled in 1998 using a pristine print discovered in Europe. Superbly designed by Richard Day to resemble a Book of Hours, the film is a panoply of pomp, pluck, piety and patriotism that's tantamount to a Technicolor victory gift from Hollywood to liberated France after the Nazi Occupation. It doesn't do much for the "Special Relationship", though, as the despicably cynical English are very much the villains of the piece.

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Credits

Cast

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Jeanne d'ArcIngrid Bergman
Dauphin, Charles VIIJosé Ferrer
Pierre CauchonFrancis L Sullivan
Count John of LuxembourgJ Carrol Naish
La HireWard Bond
Father Jean MassieuShepperd Strudwick
Georges La TremouilleGene Lockhart
Jean DunoisLeif Erickson
Jean Le MaistreCecil Kellaway
Isabelle d'ArcSelena Royle
Jacques d'ArcRobert Barrat

Crew

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DirectorVictor Fleming

Details

Theatrical distributor
R.K.O. Radio Pictures Ltd
Language
English
Available on
video
Formats
Colour
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