Joan of Arc Reviews
Emotionally draining. Five Stars! Mofak
This 1948 classic epic spans Joan's life from her revelation to meet the Dauphin, Charles VII, to her death. The first time a motion picture told the entire story and battles of Joan's life, Joan of Arc stands as a classic piece of cinema, but very dated. Based on the play "Joan of Lorraine" you can tell that a lot of the dialogue is meant and preformed by theatre actors. First off, the entire history of the times is given to you in the beginning of the movie in a conversation in like, 2 minutes. Not very suttle. This movie feels more like, and Ingrid Bergman agrees, a cheesy Hollywood history drama. Co-staring along with Bergman is Jose Ferrer in his first movie role. He and Bergman really do the best job with their lines, but the rest of the dialogue seems very unnatural, dated, and the whole view of the movie focuses on how evil the English were to be against Joan, while melodramatically praising Joan throughout.
Being 1948, it's not going to be a spectacular looking movie by today's standards, but being a technicolor movie with lots of costumes and detailed sets, this movie impressed the pants off audiences. A spectacular invision of Joan's life on and off the battlefield looks quite impressive in it's time. Costumes are impressive, sets look quite well too. Maybe not as impressive as it could have been, but still well made. being a studio movie, most all the backgrounds are just backdrops. But the mix of lighting makes everything look very nice. The music sets a very appropriate mood, portraying the feeling of every situation. The music really does paint a picture of the scene.
Winning 2 Acadeny Awards and a nomination for Bergman's preformance, this movie isn't all that bad. It might be a very old Hollywood portrayal of Joan that tends to get annoying, but compared to the rest of the Joan of Arc movies out there, this stands as one of the best and most influencial in it's portrayal of Joan.
Disappointing and version of the story of Joan of Arc with Ingrid Bergman doing her best to own the role and only being somewaht successful.
The main problem may be that the film doesn't date very well. It doesn't seem like a timeless tale, but rather is caught up in 1940's over sentimentality.