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Joan of Arc: the Messenger

Posted: Sat Mar 24, 2007 7:19 pm
by Ellen Gethin
I happened to see a portion of this film on TV late one night, and I was sufficiently intrigued to buy the video when I saw it recently.
This is the version of the story that stars Milla Jovovich as Joan, with John Malkovich, Faye Dunaway and Dustin Hoffman.
It showed the violence of late medieval warfare quite well - several limbs detatched and lots of blood spurting.
It also kept to the historical facts quite well (I went and looked at a book on the subject after I'd seen the film). I liked the way that Joan was completely oblivious of all the politicking that was going on around her.
Timothy West was very good as the bishop who was the trial judge - and the costumes were very good, too.
Well worth looking out for.

Posted: Wed Aug 01, 2007 10:12 pm
by Jim Smith
What really made the film for me was the superb portrayal of Joan the pawn of political expediency. This was exemplified by the attitude of the Dauphin's mother - one of the best film examples of real politick in action i've ever seen.

Posted: Thu Aug 02, 2007 7:40 am
by Marcus Woodhouse
Ditto.