Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc

DVD - 2018 | 70th anniversary edition
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The story of a fifteenth century French peasant girl who rouses a nation and inspires the world with her faith and bravery. This powerful, visually stunning epic of one of history's fascinating heroines features spectacular action and unforgettable drama.
Publisher: [New York, New York] : Kino Lorber Corp., [2018]
Edition: 70th anniversary edition
Branch Call Number: MOVIE JOA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (146 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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Aug 30, 2020

Got about 10 mins into it and couldn't take it any more. Terrible.

Dec 18, 2019

Believe me - This heavy-handed, Hollywood-ized version about real-life, 15th century heroine, Joan of Arc should've been played out as a comedy. Yep. It really should've.

'Cause, let me tell ya - I, for one, certainly couldn't take this pompous, over-wrought nonsense at face value (even for a minute). Nope. I couldn't.

Anyway - With that all said - This extravagant, $4 million, MGM production (from 1948) was an absolute flop upon its initial release 72 years ago. Yep. It really was.

Mar 11, 2016

Fave movie quote - "I winged the witch!"

Set in the 15th Century and apparently based on the "true" story of a "real-life" heroine who (supposedly under divine guidance) led France to victory against Britain in the Hundred Years' War - 1948's "Joan Of Arc" (a $4 million production) may have been able to boast about its fine costumes and its expensive set designs - But, boy, did it ever fail, in the long run, to satisfy this viewer on so many other counts.

Filled-to-overflowing with a religious onslaught of emotionally over-wrought moments (courtesy of actress Ingrid Bergman) - Joan Of Arc (and all of its cross-bearing heresy) quickly managed to reduce itself to the level of laughable nonsense throughout a good part of its overlong, 146-minute running time.

And, speaking about Ingrid Bergman (one of Hollywood's most bankable actresses of her day) - At the age of 33, I could never, ever be convinced to believe that she was portraying a heroine who was supposed to be a simple country girl of just 18 years. No way, Jose.

All-in-all - I'd rightfully have to say that the most unintentionally hilarious scenes in this decidedly silly production (which certainly took itself way too seriously) would have to be those with Bergman, in a full suit of shining armour, leading the boys to battle as they fiercely fought their way on to an inevitable victory at Orleans.

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