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|Joan of Arc - Child of War Soldier of God|
Genres: Drama, Television
Joan Of Arc: Child Of War, Soldier Of God An illiterate peasant girl, Jeanne d?Arc emerged at 17 from an obscure corner of war-torn France, rallied a demoralized army and changed the course of history. Inspired by "her voi... more »
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The Warrior and Saint
Alejandra Vernon | Long Beach, California | 08/19/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Based on the actual testimony of Jeanne d'Arc, this marvelous film is part re-enactment and part documentary, combining quality acting and cinematography, and interviews with people like Siobhan Nash-Marshall, author of "Joan of Arc: A Spiritual Biography," and Kelly DeVries, author of "Joan of Arc: A military Leader." It also shows paintings from the era, and the resemblance of the actors to some of the artwork, especially Michal Havelka, who plays the Dauphin Charles, is remarkable. Lucie Vondrackova's portrayal of Joan is moving and believable, and Tomas Karger is excellent as Alencon. Anna Paquin does the voice over as Joan, and Alfred Molina pulls the story together with his narration.
Producer/director Pamela Mason Wagner has brought the many dimensions of this account into a cohesive one-hour docudrama, which was presented by Faith and Values Media for the Hallmark Channel, and filmed in France and the Czech Republic. If you know nothing about Joan of Arc, you will learn a lot, and if you are familiar with the life of this incredible saint, whose strength was her submission to God's will, you will appreciate how well her story has been told.
Joan was only 13 when she started to hear voices guide her, and 17 when she became a warrior for France. This illiterate teenager led an army, stood her ground against Bishop Cauchon's difficult questions for weeks, and changed history. In a closing statement, the narrator states "Joan's story is an inspiration to anyone who believes in following your Voice, even if it consumes you."
The DVD Special Features include a biography, timeline, and "Important People and Events," but you need a PC capable of playing DVD-ROM to access them, which I do not have, so cannot comment on them.
Also highly recommended for further viewing is Carl Dreyer's silent masterpiece "The Passion of Joan of Arc."
Joan of Arc: Peasant Girl, Child of War, Soldier of God
B.Wray | USA | 06/13/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm a major fan of Joan of Arc or as she was once called Jeanne d' Arc. Jeanne was a mere peasant girl who lived in War torn France; but at age 17, she rallied a demoralized nation and changed the course of history forever. There have been many excellent movies and plays about the life of Jeanne; but, in my opinion, this one is the best. It is based upon Jeanne's writing and also upon the historical records of the time. It doesn't take the liberties that many other presentations have in the past.
This presentation stars Lucie Vondrackova as Jeanne and she does a masterful job at capturing this historical heroine's quest to stop the English invaders, coronate the Dauphin, and save France from invaders; while helping the viewer to discover a fascinating, idealistic and innocent young woman. One of my favorite actors, Alfred Molina, provides the historical narration for this 56 minute presentation; while Anna Paquin gives provides Jeanne's voice.
Inspired by "her voices", young Jeanne struggles to achieve her own vision in a brutal and dangerous world. Many scholars offer their insights about this young woman's quest. I highly recommend this movie."
Agent 92 | 06/19/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Unfortunately having read much on Joan's life, this movie does not bring out the wonder of the accomplishments that Joan was able to perform with the help of God on the battlefield to the great amazement of her generals. There were things she new and predicted that could not have been anything but divinely inspired. This movie misses all that and is far too brief, frequently missing the best points of key events and staying too long in the mundane. I wish I could recommend another movie in its place, but they all fall far short of the books I have read about her. Pick up Mark Twain's Joan Of Arc book to start with and you will get a much better appreciation for the miracles and fiesty personality of this great saint. Twain's book can be appreciated by all ages as with most of his books. Twain claimed it was one of his best books and he spent years in research for it. Look also to anything by Régine Pernoud for excellent historical information on Joan and proves Twain did his research very well. Don't use this movie to find out about Joan. It does not place her in the best of light and was a disappointment to me."
The best Joan of Arc film I have taken part in
Kelly DeVries | Baltimore, MD USA | 10/10/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"When I was asked to be a part of this film I was a bit worried as the film company was named Faith in Media. But then I was able to view their superb St Francis and St Patrick films and decided to be interviewed for this film. What a great experience! The filmmakers were sensitive to the historical events but also believed in Joan's mission. They did not dwell on why Joan would pursue her mission, only that she believed she had one. There was no girl trying to appeal to a father who only wanted boys or psychosis or made-up rape of a made-up sister. What a relief! But they also did not fall into the error of some of the reviewers of the film here and try to create an ahistorical Joan to satisfy their unhistorical religious beliefs. Joan of Arc was a historical phenomenon, and if one makes her more than that she becomes a myth. A real Joan lived; she inspired soldiers and leaders to do great things; she changed the course of the Hundred Years War and the course of history. Could someone else do it; probably, given the right situation and right person. In a way her contemporary St John of Capistrano was doing the same in the Balkans, and Pierre d'Aubusson would do the same in 1480. That Joan was burned for her beliefs also made her a special historical figure -- and that the Catholic Church which burnt her later made her a saint would make her a unique historical figure. Thanks Faith in Media for giving me the opportunity to be in this wonderful film."