If Joan of Arc was such a wonderful martyr, I wonder why the Catholic church took all those centuries to canonize her. It was when she eventually become a saint in the 1920's that her sainthood prompted George Bernard Shaw to write his play "Saint Joan". Carl Dreyer directed his classic film "Passion of Jean d'Arc", starring the amazing Falconetti; there have been numerous paler imitations since. I greatly admired Leelee Sobieski's early movies, but her career as an actress mysteriously stalled and she seems to have faded into obscurity.
none of the films about Joan of Arc do justice to this extraordinary person, the court transcripts and other documents, all still extant, are more fascinating than any of the movie representations, this latest, in the spirit of "Lord of the Rings", turns the true story into a legend, with all the attendant exaggerations - Peter O"Toole does a magnificent job, however, as Bishop Cauchon
Originall released as two-part television miniseries about the 15th century Catholic saint, this is a 1999 180-minute drama.
Born in France during the 100 Years War, Joan grows to be a strong and vigilant believer in a better future for her strife torn country.
Despite impoverished beginnings, her deep religious convictions lead her to believe in her destiny to lead France to freedom.
Joan's ability to rally the people is tested as she struggles to help the Dauphin Charles claim his throne and unite France against its English invaders.
France's Holy Inquisition puts Joan on trial for heresy, convicting her for the very religious beliefs that returned the King to power.
Nearly 500 years later, she is declared a saint.
Not only is this story credible, it's fairly compelling, although Saint Catherine shows up as an illusionary image.
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