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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent version of the events, 11 May 2010
This review is from: Joan Of Arc [DVD] (DVD)
I do not say I have read any books on the subject of the patriotic martyrdom of Jehanne D'Arc so that well read specialists may well quibble with details but I have to say the actress Sobieski is absolutely excellent,offering a well nuanced performance and all the support players are very good,too...This is a film not a live video and so of course it is only more or less true but it is also biography as entertainment and entertain it does...O'Toole is super here in a plum role,adding some pompous gravitas and pathos to the tragedy and all of the military scenes are quite skillfully done,also,although no early handgunners are shown,only a bombard,so,a technical omission there but thematically irrelevant,of course...There have been rumours or slanders of a perverse witchcrafty or Satanic aspect to the causes of her trial perhaps in relation to Gilles De Retz but on balance she seems to have undergone the betrayal worthy believers often do who advance by their enthusiastic merits yet whose success make them jealous enemies amongst their lofty sponsors-Inheritance has little taste for revolution except as directed,so Joan went the victims way to the stake...I imagine she would have been strangled first before she underwent this wickedly cruel death after a tough rabbinical trial,given she was only nineteen years old...Long but well worth the watch but for me,I thought a French dub choice would have been rather more authentic,No? So I went and bought the French version from amazon.fr which has some trifling and negligible extras,although the French dub lacks English subtitles,however-A great film and if it's your area of historic interesse or you like biographical drama,get it and it's not even dear and doesn't really need extras as such.
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