Joan of Arc
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Rarely does a TV movie come along that is as well conceived as its mega budget says it should be. Absolutely stunning battle scenes (especially for a TV production), rich location shooting and a superb cast make Joan of Arc unquestionably one of the best TV movies ever made.
But what crowns Joan of Arc as a "5 star" production is it's outstanding lead, Leelee Sobieski. Perfectly cast, Sobieski brings qualities to the French saint never seen before - an innocent, yet strong and commanding personality, a "virginial" presence, a face resembling something of a saint/angel/renaissance painting plus not to mention that she was "actually" the right age to play the legendary teenage warrior. Sobieski's performance is so exceptional, she holds the entire 4 hours together, and at the same time, leaves other Joan of Arc interpretations by the likes of Ingrid Bergman and Milla Jovavich in her wake.
Definitely the best TV movie I've ever, and a far better bet than Luc Besson's/Milla Jovavich's version...
Sobieski's look as Joan of Arc looked more convincing and she looked so pure and innocent. I wondered how this person who projects innocence in the cover will play a military leader? Well, I don't know much about Leelee Sobieski and after watching this movie, now I want to watch the movies that she has appeared in because on "Joan of Arc", you get solid acting.
The long time of this movie made me wonder if it was going to drag but if anything this movie drew me in from start to finish and here is why: The good acting by the cast members, the great scenery and the selection of Leelee Sobieski as the innocent "Maid of Lorraine". She brought something to this movie that drew you in. Her facial expressions and even the ending still stays in my mind. Wow! It's unexplainable but I really enjoyed the movie. It was done very well and I'm impressed that it's a TV movie. The movie gets an A+.
What about the DVD? Well, since this is a TV movie, I didn't expect too much from the DVD. The audio was good and the video was good but at times I saw some lines on the screen on parts where there is a lot of action. The production notes were nice to see but I have to give the DVD a D- for no significant extras.
It appears Sobieski had much to say about the part according to the production notes, why not include a featurette then? Or even the television commercials or promotional features.
So, yes...the extras rating gets a D-. But you know what, the movie is wonderful and it deserves to be seen and due to it's size, DVD is the way to go. "Joan of Arc" a definite A+. Highly recommended!
Over the course of three hours, we follow the young peasant girl who became The Maid of Orleans, Joan of Arc, from the day of her birth to her final fiery moments. I do not know enough details of the historical Joan of Arc's life to truly judge the historical accuracy of this film, but from what I can tell and have read, it does try mightily to follow the story as closely as possible, working especially hard to recreate the social and political situation of Joan's time. The historical Joan of Arc remains a controversial figure, with learned men and women interpreting her life and story in a couple of quite divergent ways. This movie's Joan is the bravest and most pious of souls, and she meets her fate willingly as a martyr and not a victim; her faith in God's plan for her never wavers. The presentation of her visions is kept low-key and free of creative exploitation. The compassion of her soul is revealed countless times over the course of the movie, and the incredible humanity of her character is this film's true strength. Still, it remains difficult to understand exactly how the French nation could turn against and burn at the stake a girl who fought for the unification of the French people.Read more ›
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Th is the best Joan of arc out there. This movie is so spiritual and depicts her spiritual and character growth throughout.Published 17 days ago by J. Ives
THIS MOVIE HAS SOME GOOD PARTS, BUT THEY WERE RUINED BY THINGS SHOWN THAT WERE COMPLETELY UNHISTORICAL, IF NOT ANTI-HISTORICAL. WHAT REALLY TOOK PLACE IS EASILY FOUND OUT. Read morePublished 23 days ago by refq
Considering the story of Joan of Arc is historically one of the most-well documented, you would THINK people would appreciate that and make a movie that at least somewhat captures... Read morePublished 3 months ago by C. Anderson
A wonderful movie and very entertaining as LeeLee is a very good actor. The movie was as good as Joan of Arc that stared Milla Jovovich filmed in 1999 known as The Messenger The... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mr. Leslie H. Miles Jr.
I love this movie! It's one of my favorites. Great story, great history, great writing, great acting. Leelee should have received the Academy Award that year. Thank you!Published 4 months ago by Patricia Livingston