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Saint Joan Reviews

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August 10, 2013
This film has a strange mix of actors and comes across as being a stage play rather than a feature for the most part. Jean Seberg is well cast, Richard Widmark plays the royal Charles strangely although achieves the perception of cowardice in his performance, although it comes across as camp in modern times. There's plenty of big name actors with smaller roles here too.
½ January 28, 2013
Mr. Preminger, his scenarist and his cast, who obviously were serious in tackling an important drama, have only fashioned a series of dissertations on an important theme.
March 14, 2011
Director, Otto Preminger, known for tackling controlversial movies in his day tries to take on George Bernard Shaw's play, Saint Joan. Too bad the play is utter shit.

This story of Joan is quite different than other movie adaptations. For starters, the writing, the historical accuracy, and the characters are all wrong. In her movie debute, Jean Seberg plays Joan in a far more feminine, seductive and annoying way. But that's not as bad as Richard Widmark's Charles VII, or Charlie as Joan calls him, being more of a weak, childish and pathetic portrayal. The rest of the movie's characters are not at all interesting, comedically played and very disrespectful to the real story, even if tidbits of history are in this movie. But it really is the writing's fault. This movie is based on a play, which is why this movie is so cheep as to not even have a battle at Orleans. All possible action is replaced with a comedic and modern interpretation of Joan which doesn't fit at all.

If there's anything to like about this movie, it's the way it looks. Though lacking battle scenes, the set design of the castles are pretty cool to see, and the lighting and cinematography is well done. But as for directing, what ties the pacing and the actions on the screen all together, Preminger just tried too make something different than something accurate and interesting.

There's a right way and a wrong way in making a movie about Joan of Arc. A movie about a historical figure should have a historical feeling to it. But immediately you can from the movie's awkward beginning that this movie isn't going to follow history like it should. This movie and the play it was inspired by tries too hard to be it's own story that it becomes devoid of interest, historical accuracy, respect for the people it's portraying and respect from the viewer. What's the point of watching a Joan of Arc movie if it's trying to be silly and controversial?
March 11, 2011
good stuff historical bio-pic
February 19, 2011
Debo decir que aunque tenga 33% de calificación a mi me agrada. Incluso el concepto en el que está planteada como una visión post mortem tanto de Juana como de El Delfín, las culpas y las no culpas, resulta diferente a lo acostumbrado sobre todo en versión cinematográfica porque Rosselinni hizo algo "similar" pero realmente era una ópera grabada en cine y resultaba bastante teatral. Aquí descubrimos a una Jean Seberg que debuta de una forma muy limpia y que si bien no es la mejor cinta sobre Juana de Arco, sí creo que su actuación puede ser destacable.
July 18, 2010
An engaging historical drama that really comes to life when Greene's playful sense of humor shines through in the dialog and Widmark's comical performance. At other times the film can get weighed down in historical back-and-forths between characters, although only about half of those scenes feel stuffy. The acting manages to sell the other half of those scenes, with Jean Seberg in particular giving a sincere performance. Overall Saint Joan is an entertaining and compelling film with some really great dialog (thanks to Greene) and some fine acting.
½ March 28, 2010
En DVD.
Adaptado de la obra homonima de George Bernard Shaw para cine no deja de ser bastante teatral en su dinamica, en su narrativa, que, tratandose de cine, pierde en efectividad si no estan conseguida las actuaciones y su intensidad, lo que puede crear en el espectador cierto distanciamiento. Sus personajes son bastante acartonados, hieraticos, caricaturescos y el drama en si carece de seriedad, no llega a las cotas que deberia tener el tema tratado. Hay buenas maximas en el texto pero solo son recitadas, no vividas. Es tierna, buena, pero poco convincente, exceptuando a un correcto Jhon Gielgud y la direccion artistica. Con todo el filme no es malo pero adolece de rigor.
spaulsson
Super Reviewer
½ December 13, 2009
Even though I couldn't understand much of it (because of my non-existing historical knowledge about Joan of Arc), I found this one pretty suspenseful and enjoyably. Great acting, photography and music.
½ December 2, 2009
I've never read the George Bernard Shaw play upon which "Saint Joan" is based, but Graham Greene's screenplay feels compressed, and this, combined with an all-right-but-not-quite-enough lead performance from Jean Seberg (making her screen debut) and an annoyingly mannered supporting turn from Richard Widmark, make "Saint Joan" a flawed film.
½ March 7, 2009
This movie is a should-be classic. It's not perfect, certainly. The pacing, while perfect for the stage, is in movie form slow as a tortoise with arthritic knees. Jean Seberg is misdirected to be too sweet and too gentle. She fully shows enough acting talent, skill, and craft to convincingly play the clever, passionate, and confident Joan, but, unfortunately, the director missed the point of the character. George Bernard Shaw is my favorite playwright. In no other play has his dialog been more sharp, nor the lines more musical. However, processing this film requires that you look at it as a lawyer. This movie is a case, and the viewer is the judge. That is how this picture is to be enjoyed. 3.5/5.
½ May 7, 2008
This version of Joan of Arc is adapted from the George Bernard Shaw play, unfortunantely it doesn't work 100% in it's adaption to the screen.
Jean Seberg takes the role of Joan. Seberg looks great and does a fare job seeing as she has little action to work with. The story is told in flash back and basically consists of two acts (based on the original acts of the play). The first act being the events of crowning the Dauphin and leading the French army at Orleans, and the second Joan's trial and execution.
The main problem I found with this is that there is so little action, just when you think that something exciting is going to happen, like the battle at Orleans, it fades to black and switches to scenes after the event.
This is a fairly enjoyable film, with a good cast, but there are superior movie versions of the story.
littlecharmer1959
Super Reviewer
½ May 7, 2008
This version of Joan of Arc is adapted from the George Bernard Shaw play, unfortunantely it doesn't work 100% in it's adaption to the screen.
Jean Seberg takes the role of Joan. Seberg looks great and does a fare job seeing as she has little action to work with. The story is told in flash back and basically consists of two acts (based on the original acts of the play). The first act being the events of crowning the Dauphin and leading the French army at Orleans, and the second Joan's trial and execution.
The main problem I found with this is that there is so little action, just when you think that something exciting is going to happen, like the battle at Orleans, it fades to black and switches to scenes after the event.
This is a fairly enjoyable film, with a good cast, but there are superior movie versions of the story.
March 14, 2008
This is a great film and proves the Jean Seberg was the perfect choice for the role of Joan! You can't really watch Seberg and feel like anyone else could have played the role. The film was a disaster not because of Seberg, but that it questioned the authority of the church.
Harlequin68
Super Reviewer
½ January 10, 2008
[font=Century Gothic]In "Saint Joan," Joan(Jean Seberg) is a 17-year old peasant who calmly informs the local official, Baudricourt(Archie Duncan), that she has been receiving instructions from saints telling her to dress like a soldier, lift the siege of Orleans from the English and that the Dauphin(Richard Widmark) be crowned king. Sensing that they have nothing to lose, he sends her off with a letter of introduction to the royal court. They hesitate in admitting her until she accurately predicts a soldier's death. And picking the Dauphin out of a crowd does not hurt either...[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]Written by Graham Greene(based on the play by George Bernard Shaw) and directed by Otto Preminger, "Saint Joan" is a very intelligent movie with excellent performances from John Gielgud and Richard Widmark, who is cast so far against type that it made my head spin. The movie has a surfeit of ideas but stints on the drama which takes away from understanding Joan's appeal and spirituality. Plus, there are no battle scenes, even with the infamous burning scene as the climax of the film. [/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]The central conflict is one of faith versus religion and how they are not always the same thing. And there is a very interesting conversation about torture which is relevant especially in these times. Speaking of an idea ahead of its time, Joan is adamant in dressing as a man and wanting to be a solider, instead of a wife and mother, one of the offenses she is indicted for.[/font]
½ June 27, 2007
I liked this =] Surprised are you? I like old movies :D
½ June 7, 2007
A famous disaster, but there are excellent performances if you can just sort of watch AROUND Jean Seberg in the title role. Poor thing just wasn't up to it. Graham Greene's idea of starting with the last act and flashing back to previous acts is intriguing. I'd love to read his screenplay.
March 4, 2007
under rated,jean sebergs debut
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