Joan The Woman

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Legendary director Cecil B. DeMille takes on the historical saga of Joan of Arc in his first great spectacle. Following in the epic footsteps of D.W. Griffith's "The Birth of a Nation," DeMille's "Joan the Woman" was produced as a road-show special production with a huge budget for the time. The story follows a British officer in World War I who is inspired by a vision of Joan when he finds her decayed sword. The film then takes us back to her leadership of the French Army and eventual burning at the stake, complete with a cast of thousands, cinematic beauty and the imagination that DeMille would become famous for in this timeless historical spectacular.

Starring:
Theodore Roberts, Hobart Bosworth
Runtime:
2 hours 18 minutes

Joan The Woman

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Genres Military & War, Drama, Adventure, Mystery
Director Cecil B. DeMille
Starring Theodore Roberts, Hobart Bosworth
Supporting actors Hobart Bosworth, Theodore Roberts, Wallace Reid, Charles Clary, James Neill, Tully Marshall, Lawrence Peyton, Horace B. Carpenter, Cleo Ridgely, Lillian Leighton, Marjorie Daw, Ernest Joy, John Oaker, Hugo B. Koch, William Conklin, Walter Long, William Elmer, Emilius Jorgensen
Studio Egami Media
Rental rights 7-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Christoph Berner on March 9, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Well, though having watched Milla Jovovich as the new "Joan of Arc" in Luc Besson`s film a few weeks ago (although it is very good) no other treatment of the story comes as close as this 1916 masterpiece, which stands up as one of the first true epics in cinema history. You may wonder about the melodramatic storyline and the propaganda input into the movie when glorifying Joan of Arc as the saviour of France even 600 years later from the German enemy, but these scenes are more than made up by the typical DeMille treatment, involving grand scale battle scenes, beautiful sets for the time, a great performance by opera diva Geraldine Farrar (very holy) and a rousing organ score which will certainly haunt you even after seeing the movie. A movie that certainly rivaled "Intolerance" for the title of the greatest movie in the 1910`s. And a scene you certainly won`t forget is the moving climax when Joan is burned as a saint ... shot in an unbelievable beautiful done hand-colored scene that shows everyone the almost magical power of the silent screen. Certainly one of Cecil DeMille`s best films, even in this early stage of his career.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Barbara (Burkowsky) Underwood on June 20, 2005
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This 1916 production is DeMille's first big spectacle picture and lays the groundwork for his most famous work in later decades, and it already has many of the DeMille hallmarks: grand battle scenes, impressive sets and dramatic performances by the principal players. "Joan the Woman" is a fairly accurate historical account of Joan of Arc, with the addition of a romance between Joan and Englishman Eric Trent to add deeper emotion and drama to which the audience can relate, as well as another intriguing aspect to make the film come to life and have relevance in our time: placing the story of Joan within the story about a World War I soldier faced with a suicidal mission and in need of saintly courage like that of a martyr, Joan of Arc. By far the bulk of the picture is about Joan, beginning with her first vision of an angel and hearing her calling, to her burning at the stake as a witch. Joan is portrayed superbly by the multi-talented opera singer Geraldine Farrar, (who also wrote songs and a few books) and I can't imagine anyone else playing the part of Joan better than she did. While not possessing the usual slim figure we are used to seeing in our heroines, Farrar's stout figure is perfect for the part Joan of Arc took upon herself, namely dressing as a man, a soldier, and leading the French Army to victory. Her gestures and serene face express the holy side of Joan, and I found Wallace Reid, a popular actor of the times, in the role of Eric Trent also a perfect choice. Apart from performances, there are many images that DeMille captures to express a mood or idea, and overall this is a beautiful, artistic film; in my opinion better than most of his later big spectacles.Read more ›
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By Charles Bellon on July 30, 2014
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0 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Anthony J. Brida on December 16, 2011
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Disappointed. Not expecting a silent movie. Would've been nice to know it was a silent movie before renting. I'd like to have seen a trailer before purchasing.
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