Joan of Arc (2001) with Leelee Sobieski. I watched it up to the part when Joan made a war cry about sending an enemy general to hell before he got peppered with arrows, then turned it off. :rolleyes:
****The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc ****(1999) with Milla Jovovich. Never watched it, but I understand it to be an awful misrepresentation of St. Joan, and made her out to be a schizophrenic psychopath. Probably the most prevalent (or easily found) depiction of Joan of Arc today on film.
Joan of Arc (1948), with Ingrid Bergman. I’ve seen bits of it, and it seemed nice enough, but doesn’t seem to be highly regarded.
The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928). Critics love this movie, but I admit I felt sleepy watching it.
There is no good movie about Joan of Arc. They all stink.
The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928). was a silent film. As such, it could not get Joan’s real personality across. So the actress has to mug a lot, and exaggerate emotions to the point of being psychotic. Joan was not like that. At the burning of the stake scene the townspeople tried to stop the execution and the English soldiers attacked them. Nothing like that happened. Why did they change history? Because the film was silent. They had to wake up the audience somehow.
Joan of Arc (1948), with Ingrid Bergman. Thirty-four year old Bergman, was too old, too tall, and too depressing to play Joan. Joan was nothing like the character played by Bergman.
There was much in the movie about the Voices abandoning Joan. Bergman had a long weepy scene in which she complained to God about not sending the Voices to her any more. This junk may have brought tears to eye of live audiences at the stage play upon which the movie is based, but it had nothing to do with the truth. Joan constansly stated at her trial that the Voices appeared to her every day in her prison cell.
The movie shows only one battle scene, and Bergman does not hold a weapon. The truth is Joan was in at least a dozen battles all over NorthCentral France and she did carry weapons and take part in the fighting. She was wounded by an arrow while climbing a ladder up the enemy’s fortress wall.
Joan of Arc (2001) with Leelee Sobieski. Leelee was at least the right age, sixteen, but she had no acting ability at all. She was like a kid picked out at random from the nearest high school.
The personal characteristics of Joan, so evident in the historical records, were not captured by Leelee.
The movie indicated that Bishop Cauchon put Joan on trial as revenge for something she said at a dinner with French King Charles. This is nonsense. Joan never say Cauchon before she was captured, and indeed Cauchon would not get anywhere hear King Charles. They were enemies.
The movie showed Cauchon instructing a guard to go into Joan’s cell and rape her. We know from Joan’s own words on the last day of her life that this didn’t happen: “Must this body so far undefiled now be burned to ashes in a woeful death?”
**The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc **(1999) with Milla Jovovich. This movie was so full of lies I lost count in ten minutes, and Joan hadn’t even left her village yet.
A prominent Los Angelos film critic said of this movie: “I have never used the word vulgar to describe a movie until now.”
This movie was trash, garbage, junk, lies, the product of inferior minds, and totally without redeeming social value.
37 year old ( !!! :bigyikes: ) Milla was temporarily married to the film’s director which was how she got the part. She was a model who was getting too old for modeling so she wanted a movie career. Since 1999 she has appeared in grade B horror films largely ignored by people of taste.