Joan of Arc in Movies, Music & Song

Joan of Arc in Movies and Music

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Joan of Arc was an electrifying figure in human history, so it is only natural that she would be remembered through a variety of means, especially in the cinema and music mediums. In total, there have been five movies made about Joan of Arc and her life, and she has had two bands named after her, three albums, one single and one oratorio.

The first film about Joan of Arc was Jeanne d'Arc from 1899. It was one of the earliest films to use the close-up, as well as one of the earliest silent films. The second movie about Joan of Arc was by far the greatest. It was The Passion of Joan of Arc, made in 1928. The film is still remembered today as one of the greatest movies ever made, and the performance of Renee Jeanne Falconetti as Joan of Arc is considered to be one of the greatest performances in film of the 20th century. This Joan of Arc movie was set only in the last few days of her life, from the trial to her execution.

The third of the Joan of Arc movies was Joan of Arc, released in 1948, starring Ingrid Bergman as Joan of Arc, despite being twice the age of the actual Joan of Arc. This was a commercial flop and many critics consider it a low point in Bergman’s career. As a result, it would be 50 years before another Joan of Arc movie was released.

The miniseries Joan of Arc would be released in 1999 and become a huge success, beating out many other larger miniseries during the year to become a highly respected two-part miniseries. Starring Peter O'Toole as the Bishop Pierre Cauchon and Leelee Sobieski as Joan of Arc. The miniseries would launch Sobieski’s career and give her a Golden Globe and Emmy nomination, while earning Peter O’Toole a Golden Globe award.

The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc, is the most recent Joan of Arc movie, being released in 1999. Milla Jovovich played Joan of Arc in this big-screen Joan of Arc movie. The film received mixed reviews and some considered the dialogue to be corny. On top of this, much of facts were not historically accurate, which many historians criticized. While Jovovich received good reviews her performance, as well as a Razzie Award nomination for “Worst Actress”.

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In terms of Joan of Arc music, there has been an indie band from Chicago named Joan of Arc, and a Japanese rock band named Janne Da Arc. In 2004, Joan of Arc released an album called Joan of Arc, Dick Cheney, Mark Twain. Power metal band Thy Majestie and the band Tangerine Dream both released an album called Jeanne d’Arc in 2005.

A very popular Joan of Arc song is the Maid of Orleans, or The Waltz Joan of Arc, which is by the Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark.

Judging from this list and her impact on history, there will be many more Joan of Arc movies, Joan of Arc albums and Joan of Arc songs.

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