(Joan of Arc)
1948, regia di Victor Fleming (e Slavko Vorkapich)
Scheda: Nazione: USA - Produzione: RKO Radio Pictures Inc., Sierra - Distribuzione: RKO, AB Video, Avo Film, Eden Video - Soggetto: dal testo Joan of Lorraine di Maxwell Anderson - Sceneggiatura: Maxwell Anderson, Andrew Solt - Fotografia: Winton C. Hoch, William V. Skall, Joseph A. Valentine - Montaggio: Frank Sullivan - Scenografia: Joseph Kish, Casey Roberts - Costumi: Dorothy Jeakins, Barbara Karinska - Effetti speciali: Jack Cosgrove, John P. Fulton - Musiche: Hugo Friedhofer - Formato: Technicolor - Durata: 145'.
Cast: Ingrid Bergman, Selena Royle, Robert Barrat, James Lydon, Rand Brooks, Roman Bohnen, Irene Rich, Nestor Paiva, Richard Derr, Ray Teal, David Bond, George Zucco, George Coulouris, John Emery, Gene Lockhart, Nicholas Joy, Richard Ney, Vincent Donahue, José Ferrer, Leif Erickson, John Ireland, Harry Brandon, Morris Ankrum, Gregg Barton, Ethan Laidlaw, Hurd Hatfield, Ward Bond, Frederick Worlock, Dennis Hoey, Colin Keith-Johnston, Mary Currier, Roy Roberts, J. Carroll Naish, Francis L. Sullivan, Shepperd Strudwick, Taylor Holmes, Alan Napier, Philip Bourneuf, Aubrey Mather, Stephen Roberts, Herbert Rudley, Frank Puglia, William Conrad, Victor Wood, Houseley Stevenson, Jeff Corey, Bill Kennedy, Cecil Kellaway, Tom Brown Henry.
Trama e commenti: cinematografo.it - mymovies.it - film.spettacolo.virgilio.it - kataweb.it - film.tv.it: «La vita della "Pulzella di Orléans", divisa tra storia e mitologia popolare, vista con gli occhi di Hollywood. La dimensione spirituale della vicenda di Giovanna diventa secondaria rispetto alla scenografia, alle belle riprese d'azione e a Ingrid Bergman. L'attrice svedese volle fortissimamente interpretare questa parte che considerava, a torto, il coronamento della sua carriera. Il buon Fleming, ottimo artigiano al suo utlimo film, fa quel che può in questo film curato e greve, tratto da un dramma di Maxwell Anderson e fotografato a colori da Joseph Valentine (che vinse l'Oscar)».
Plot Summary, Synopsis, Review: IMDb - allmovie.com - nytimes.comentertainment.msn.com - doctormacro1.info - san.beck.org - en.wikipedia.org - dvdjournal.com - dvdtalk.com - moviemaster.de - tvguide.com: «Bergman is compelling and often spellbinding as Jeanne D'Arc, the 15th century French peasant girl who led her people in battle against an invading British horde, became a national hero and, after her capture, torture, and execution by the British, a Catholic saint. Jeanne is a young girl living in Domremy in the province of Lorraine when she hears voices instructing her to go to the aid of France and drive out the English interlopers. Sponsored by Sir Robert Baudricort (Coulouris) she is sent to the court of the Dauphin Charles VII (Ferrer), whom she intends to crown king, despite the efforts of the English to the contrary. Charles, a clever and worldly creature, discounts the stories of this saintly maid and quickly devises a scheme to show her up. He has one of his posturing courtiers, Ney, pretend to be the Dauphin, but when Jeanne is introduced to him, she turns away and picks Charles out of the crowd in court, going to him and identifying him, speaking to him in such earnest and loyal terms that he is moved and believes that she has been sent by heavenly forces. He encourages her to gather an army, giving her funds and his best generals. With standard in hand, she and her army lift the siege of Orleans and march on to one stunning victory after another. The French people adore the maid as her battle standards are raised in many great triumphs, and the army is inspired by her great spirit and its military leaders startled by her eloquence and command of tactics. Jeanne's greatest achievement in her eyes, one she claims she was commanded to perform from on high, is seeing Charles crowned king at Rheims. But Charles fears Jeanne's incredible influence and he discards her to make money and land deals to enrich his personal coffers. Depressed, Jeanne is taken captive by the English and put through an ecclesiastical trial, then tried again in a civil court. Her persecutor is Cauchon (Sullivan), the vile judge who railroads her into a death sentence. The English, making a martyr out of a simple peasant girl, burn Jeanne at the stake. Bergman, although surrounded by a great array of superlative supporting players, must carry this very long but lavishly mounted film alone and she almost turns it into a solo masterpiece. She is incredible, exuding a goodness that bespeaks sainthood, and many of her scenes are nothing less than inspired. Her battle scenes and, particularly, her death scene at the stake with her head shorn and her face registering sheer agony, are absolutely riveting. No one in the modern era of sound film ever approached Bergman's interpretation of the maid from Lorraine...».
Approfondimenti: Movie Review
Conosciuto anche con i titoli Joan the Woman; Joan of Lorraine; Johanna von Orléans. Ingrid Bergman è Giovanna d'Arco.