Saint Joan (1957)

Saint Joan
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TitleSaint Joan
Year1957
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
GenreHistory (Movies)
Run Time1h 50 min
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In 1456, Charles VII, experiences dreams in which he is visited by Joan of Arc, the former commander of his army, burned at the stake as a heretic twenty-five years earlier. In the dream he tells Joan that her case was retried and her sentence annulled. He recalls how she entered his life as a simple, seventeen-year-old peasant girl; how she heard the voices of Saints Catherine and Margaret telling her that she would lead the French army against the English at the siege of Orléans and be responsible for having the Dauphin crowned king at Reims cathedral. When Joan arrives at the Dauphin’s palace at Chinon she discovers that he is a childish weakling with no interest in fighting.

After being tested by the members of the court, who conclude that she is mad, Joan imbues the Dauphin with her belief and fervor and he gives her command of the army. Shortly thereafter, Joan witnesses the coronation of Charles. Although her military triumphs have made her popular with the masses, her voices, beliefs, self-confidence and apparent supernatural powers have given her fearful enemies in high places. Charles, who has no further use for her services, expects her to return to her father’s farm. When Joan challenges Charles to retake Paris from the English, he tells her he would rather sign a treaty than fight. All refuse Joan’s plea to march on Paris, and the archbishop warns her that if she defies her spiritual directors, the church will disown her. Nevertheless, Joan puts her faith in God and appeals to the common people to march on Paris.

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Cast:

Jean Seberg Jean Seberg
St.Joan of Arc
Richard Widmark Richard Widmark
The Dauphin / Charles VII
Richard Todd Richard Todd
Dunois / Bastard of Orleans
Anton Walbrook Anton Walbrook
Peter Cauchon / Bishop of Beauvais
John Gielgud John Gielgud
Earl of Warwick
Felix Aylmer Felix Aylmer
Inquisitor
Harry Andrews Harry Andrews
John de Stogumber
Margot Grahame Margot Grahame
Duchesse de la Tremouille
Barry Jones Barry Jones
De Courcelles
Francis De Wolff Francis De Wolff
La Tremouille
Finlay Currie Finlay Currie
Archbishop of Rheims
Victor Maddern Victor Maddern
English Soldier
Bernard Miles Bernard Miles
Master Executioner
Patrick Barr Patrick Barr
Captain La Hire

In 1456, Charles VII, experiences dreams in which he is visited by Joan of Arc, the former commander of his army, burned at the stake as a heretic twenty-five years earlier. In the dream he tells Joan that her case was retried and her sentence annulled. He recalls how she entered his life as a simple, seventeen-year-old peasant girl; how she heard the voices of Saints Catherine and Margaret telling her that she would lead the French army against the English at the siege of Orléans and be responsible for having the Dauphin crowned king at Reims cathedral. When Joan arrives at the Dauphin’s palace at Chinon she discovers that he is a childish weakling with no interest in fighting.

After being tested by the members of the court, who conclude that she is mad, Joan imbues the Dauphin with her belief and fervor and he gives her command of the army. Shortly thereafter, Joan witnesses the coronation of Charles. Although her military triumphs have made her popular with the masses, her voices, beliefs, self-confidence and apparent supernatural powers have given her fearful enemies in high places. Charles, who has no further use for her services, expects her to return to her father’s farm. When Joan challenges Charles to retake Paris from the English, he tells her he would rather sign a treaty than fight. All refuse Joan’s plea to march on Paris, and the archbishop warns her that if she defies her spiritual directors, the church will disown her. Nevertheless, Joan puts her faith in God and appeals to the common people to march on Paris.

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