Joan the Maid 1: The Battles

1994

Biography / Drama / History / War

105
IMDb Rating 7.1 10 526

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160 min
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160 min
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Reviewed by muddlyjames 4 / 10 / 10

What do we learn? Where is the passion? What's the point?

This is "realism"? If Rivette was seeking to give us a ground-level study of a woman in a certain place and time and how she was able to influence (and was influenced by) the world around her, he has failed miserably. Most prominently because we never get a clue as to why thousands of men would have followed her into battle. There is certainly not enough exposition of the cultural/historical context to define the country's need for such a savior and, god knows, there is nothing particularly charismatic about Joan as she is presented here. Unless Bonnaire's wooden posturing and flat line readings are supposed to indicate transcendent faith and determination. The use of landscape is particularly uninspired - we never lose the feeling we are watching twentieth century actors wandering in a supposedly medieval landscape. And as for the battle scenes (which, in contrast to some commentors claims, do take up a good 15% of screentime)- they look like look like some some History Club from your local high school recreating a medieval siege, although the kids would no doubt put more passion into it. I will give Rivette credit, however, for picturing a side of Joan left out by other movies: that of a petulant, naive, and narcissistic adolescent (played by a woman all too clearly at least twice the age of the character she is supposed to portray) obviously unable to understand her place within the movement she is helping to create or the world existing outside her own passions. Joan's outrage at her own soldiers swearing and astonishment at the enemy for their lack of respect and obedience to her are jarringly spontaneous and believable notes (you suddenly realize such moments must naturally have occurred)in an otherwise uninvolving historical "representation". Unfortunately they also serve to point out precisely what is not addressed on screen -what made Joan SPECIAL? I must say I also continued to be puzzled and frustrated by certain foreign film lovers who equate tedium and lack of dramatic involvement with "artistry" and "seriousness". Does this film really increase our understanding or involvement with the subject? Or with anything for that matter? 4/10.

Reviewed by ken_bethell / 10

Maid in Orleans but not well enough

I am a great admirer of the French cinema. That their film industry can consistently produce good quality material with very limited money speaks volumes for the professional artistry employed throughout the industry. Which brings us to 'Jeanne la Purcelle'. Joan of Arc has always been an emotive subject and one the French have found difficult to commit to celluloid. Although it was a dark historic episode from which France eventually emerged reinvigorated the story of Joan is essentially one of treachery and appeasement. A factual account might satisfy the purists but is not one that necessarily makes for good cinema. This is an 'epic' production, but only euphemistically, for size is not everything. Any production that stretches for three and a half hours, albeit over two films, has got to be offer the viewer something to compensate for what were only ever going to be symbolic battle scenes .... and it didn't! It was wasn't just that the full scale assault was portrayed more like a small guerrilla skirmish it was the fight scenes themselves, the one-on-ones, which were poorly choreographed. The narrative was adequate but uninspiring - I guess Shaw is a hard act to emulate. The acting was merely efficient - Sandrine Bonnaire went on to do far more impressive work. The editing was poor with the camera being allowed to linger eternally on irrelevancies presumably to engender an 'atmosphere'. It failed. Overall the producers bit off far more than they could chew and were far too ambitious given the financial constraints imposed. A sobering lesson in how not to make a film.

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