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Stirring, compelling and majestic,
This review is from: Joan Of Arc [DVD] (DVD)
This is a really stirring, compelling and majestic movie about the heroism of France's patron saint.
Begins with her childhood as a peasant girl in the French village of Domremy during the Hundred Years War , and awareness of her nation's travails and suffering and the prophecies of the future regarding an evil queen who sold France to her enemies and a maiden and heroine who would deliver her and drive her enemies out.
Lelee Sobieski plays an alluring yet powerful and valiant Joan, a strong combination of attractiveness and toughness.
It is during the sack and burning of her village as a teenager that she hears the voices of saints telling her to free France from the English and help the Dauphin Charles to be crowned king. she at once is a patriot and fighter for the weak. such as where she instructs a man lining up for soup to make way for a little child.
The Dauphin, later King Charles VII of France, is portrayed in his fullness as a cynical and scheming young monarch by Neil Patrick Harris (Doogie Howser) while Peter O Toole adds pomp and gravitas in his role as the conniving and treacherous Bishop Cauchon.
Soul stirring scenes of her recovery after being wounded in battle, and her leadership to the victory of the French forces she leads at the Battle of Orleans. touching scenes of her own engagement with her men and her family, and an intriguing look into the machinations of the King, Bishop Cauchon, the Burgundians and the Inquistion that set her up to be destroyed. Joan comes across played by Sobieski in parts as both vulnerable and strong to the seeming point of invincibility. Strongly admirable is the scene where she defies King Charles in his banquet hall for selling France out to the Bugundians. And harrowing scenes of her interrogation and torture by the inquisition up to her death.
This movie is a thousand times better than the sorry excuse for a portrayal of Joan of Arc - the Messenger [DVD] .
This movie portrays Joan as a pious, valiant , big hearted, spiritually aware and patriotic young girl, unlike
The Messenger she is portrayed as a psychotic ,ultra-neurotic who the movie seems to suggest was motivated by selfish and bloodthirsty reasons.