A literal interpretation of the oft-produced biography of 15th century historical heroine Joan d'Arc, this four-hour television miniseries version of Joan's story is lavishly produced. In a tiny village during the Hundred Years' War, teenager Joan d'Arc (Leelee Sobieski) has been raised by her parents, flinty Peter (Powers Boothe) and Isabelle ...
A literal interpretation of the oft-produced biography of 15th century historical heroine Joan d'Arc, this four-hour television miniseries version of Joan's story is lavishly produced. In a tiny village during the Hundred Years' War, teenager Joan d'Arc (Leelee Sobieski) has been raised by her parents, flinty Peter (Powers Boothe) and Isabelle (Jacqueline Bisset), amidst the wreckage continually wrought by British incursions into the area. A devout girl, Joan experiences visions of St. Catherine, which lead her to believe that she may be the "Maid of Orleans," a mythical figure who will lead France to victory over its enemies. Counseled by local priest Father Monet (Robert Loggia), Joan pursues her destiny in spite of her father's wishes. At first supported only by lowly commoners, Joan comes to the attention of the Dauphin, King Charles (Neil Patrick Harris). Together with his scheming advisor Bishop Cauchon (Emmy-winner Peter O'Toole), Charles uses Joan to unite his quarreling factions. Skeptical but superstitious, Charles' generals, including La Hire (Peter Strauss) are eventually won over by Joan's startling victories. But awaiting Joan is a disastrous Parisian campaign and Charles' betrayal. Karl Williams, Rovi
Leelee Sobieski, Jacqueline Bisset, Powers Boothe, Neil Patrick Harris, Maury Chaykin. Fine in very good packaging. Language: English. Run time: 180 mins. Originally released: 1999. not used a lot. posted 3/14-my-D
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TITLE: Joan of Arc
CAST: Leelee Sobieski, Chad Willett, Peter O'Toole, Neil Patrick Harris, Olympia Dukakis, Powers Boothe, Jaqueline Bisset, Robert Loggia, Shirley MacClaine, Maximilian Schell and Peter Strauss (Songs by Charlotte Church)
REVIEW: A made for TV two part mini-series, this excellent presentation is allowed more time to portray the tragic life of one of history's bravest women than have efforts of the past. One look at the cast list should convince you that the acting is of the finest caliber possible. The costumes are authentic reproductions from Italy's finest clothiers. The armor suits were made espescially for the production by methods of the 15th century. The sets are mostly from breathtaking castle sites in and around Prague
RETURN ON INVESTMENT: 8.5 of 10; The only drawback (yes, there is only one!) to the presentation is the sudden cuts for commercials which are okay and unnoticable most of the time, but on a few occassions they really tear the flow.
DVD BONUS: Brief biographies and filmographies of many of the cast and crew. Production notes on how the ingredients of the film were brought together.
ADDED NOTES: It serves as a good history lesson on western civilization's 15th century's continued emergence from out of the Dark Ages