JOAN OF ARC – Review by Diane Carson

Imaginative telling is the reason for revisiting the celebrated story of Joan, burned at the stake in 1431 as a heretic at age 19. Director Bruno Dumont stages his Joan as a series of theatrical exchanges with talking and singing about battles that are presented as equestrian ballets, mockery of the church interrogators and jumping ahead over action scenes described but always unseen.

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JOAN THE MAID 1 AND 2: THE BATTLES AND THE PRISONS – Review by Marilyn Ferdinand

French director Jacques Rivette’s acclaimed two-part, six-hour-long Joan the Maid 1 and 2: The Battles and The Prisons (1994) has been restored and released by Cohen Media Group, representing a huge improvement over the extant versions of the classic film, one of which cut the running time by two hours. Joan the Maid provides an accurate and complete version of a story known to many only in terms of fiery martyrdom. Rivette’s humanizing chronicle brings Joan back to life without disturbing her religious mystery.

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