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Seventeen-year-old Jean Seberg plays the visionary Maid of Orleans in Otto Preminger's production of Saint Joan, adapted from George Bernard Shaw's play by Graham Greene and cast with a company of bravura talents. Richard Widmark turns his tough-guy persona on its head to play a Dauphin more court jester than future king. And stately John Gielgud is the English commander who scoffs: "The angels may be on the side of the church - but I have 800 soldiers."
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Still, this VHS version does include a very well-made behind-the-scenes featurette (for once, you don't have to have a DVD player to enjoy this sort of extra). SAINT JOAN is still worth seeing, if only to appreciate how much more confident an actress Seberg would become in BONJOUR TRISTESSE (also directed by Preminger) and, of course, in Godard's BREATHLESS.
(And if you're a fan of this movie or of Seberg in general, don't miss Mark Rappaport's amazing un-documentary FROM THE JOURNALS OF JEAN SEBERG.)
One note on the DVD edition that might surprise others -- this disc leaves out the contemporary "Making Of" feature that was included as a bonus on the VHS version released long ago. It's a shame this was not included on the DVD -- there are no bonus features, in fact, not even subtitles. You'd think this would bring down the price, but no such luck -- a premium price charged for a bare-bones release, so make your purchasing decision accordingly.
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Of all of the cinamatic versions, even the early version of Joan, by Cart T. Dreyer, which, stands alone, due to its production during the silent era, does not display the feeling... Read morePublished 2 months ago by James
Otto Preminger used a marketing ploy to ensure the success of "Saint Joan", which was to conduct a massive talent search for an unknown young actress to play the lead role. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Peter Baklava
An interesting though uneven experimental film based on a Shavian play.Published 5 months ago by Manuel J. Santayana
The film captures the spirit of Joan, the maid who saved France. If you've done you homework on the subject, this is a worthwhile film.Published 11 months ago by Rich
Stupid movie. Widmark was the only thing good about it. He played someone mentally challenged beautifully.Published 14 months ago by P. LUCCHESI
Shaw's wry version of the story of the saintly peasant girl who more or less forced a reluctant English court to condemn her. Great production.Published 17 months ago by S. V. Nicassio
Rather unwatchable. I love the story of St. Joan, but this one bored me. Seemed cheap and old.Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer