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Exécution de Jeanne d'Arc

1898, regia di Georges Hatot


Scheda: Nazione: Francia - ProduzioneLumière - Distribuzione: Lumière, Flicker Alley - Formato: B.N. e color (colorato a mano), muto, corto - Durata: 30'' (1').   


Plot Summary, Synopsis, Review: IMDb - - - - - IMDb-Reviews: «The director of this short subject was Georges Hatot, who specialized, at this point, in taking famous historical paintings (like David's Death of Marat) and turning them into films. The couple of surviving examples were very elaborately colored and you may, if you like, view this one on Youtube. For a couple of decades, there was a fight between units of film dynamics: was it the individual shot, in which case film could be viewed as a sort of moving tableaux vivante, or was it the scene, in which case it could be viewed as a relative of the theatrical drama? Eventually the latter won, although the tableaux vivante shot has remained as a subtext, both in efforts like American Gangster, in which Norman Rockwell's famous Thanksgiving picture was reimagined with a Black family and given some excitement by means of a moving camera; and in several recent film versions of comics and graphic novels in which the observant viewer can discern panels from the original work, which tend to hang on the screen. However, a moving camera and the shorter length of an average shot has made this sort of work an evolutionary dead end» (Boblipton).

«Upon viewing this film one is reminded of the many early films of Georges Melies. The film is hand tinted in the same fashion which many of Melies films are colored, with a story line in the same vane. This is perhaps why this version is often confused with Melies' lost film about Joan of Arc. If coupled with a good sound track, this film is quite effective, and moving. Even one hundred and twelve years later, I was still saddened by Joan's trial and execution. With the help of the ahead of its time effects, and wonderful performances by the actors (especially the unknown actress who plays, Joan) the film is emotionally powerful. Personally, I don't understand why this film isn't discussed by fans of cinemas' oldest films. Visually the film is very appealing. As I mentioned earlier, the film is hand-tinted quite wonderfully. in fact, Who ever colored this film, rather it be the director (Georges Hetot) or someone in a production house, they did a top notch job, even better than some of Melies colored films. The ending of the film is the best, I won't ruin it entirely, however it is bittersweet. I can't help but think that a little bit of the ending is missing, because it seem to end quite suddenly before the fade out is complete. It makes me think that, Joan was going to do a few more motions before the film ended. Unfortunately we may never know. This film needs to gather more acclaim then it has. I hope that soon people can look past the fact that this is not a Melies film, and enjoy this 1898 classic for the great film that this is. Highly Recommended» (SukkaPunch SukkaPunch). «Jeanne d’Arc (en longue chevelure) est amenée devant l’évêque Cauchon, installée sur le bûcher et brûlée malgré les supplications d’un moine. Une vignette ou "vue historique" d’une minute composée sur le modèle de la fresque officielle de Jules Eugène Lenepveu au Panthéon, coloriée au pinceau et tournée vraisemblablement à Paris en 1897 devant un décor en toile peinte de Marcel Jambon (mais sortie à Lyon en novembre de l’année suivante)».


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