Ingrid Bergman gives a sincere and spellbinding performance as Joan of Arc, a 16th-century peasant who convinces the cynical French royalty that God has commanded her to drive the British out of France. Placed at the head of the French army, Joan leads the forces to one daring victory after another, but betrayal lies in wait. Based on Maxwell Anderson's 1946 play, JOAN OF LORRAINE, director Victor Fleming's (GONE WITH THE WIND, THE WIZARD OF OZ) final film is a masterful adventure and tragedy.
1948 - Academy Awards - Best Costume Design (Color) Winner
1948 - Academy Awards - Special Achievement Awards Winner
1948 - Academy Awards - Best Cinematography Winner
Ward Bond - American Character Actor
José Ferrer - Oscar-winning Puerto Rican Actor, CYRANO DE BERGERAC
Jose Vincente Ferrer de Otero y Cintron - Oscar-winning Puerto Rican Actor, CYRANO DE BERGERAC
Bill Cody - Star, early Westerns, made four films with son Bill Jr.
Hugo Friedhofer - American Composer/ D. 1981
Jimmy Lydon - American Actor/Juvenile
James Lydon - American Actor/Juvenile
Selena Royle - American Character Actress
Shepperd Strudwick - American Character Actor
John Shepperd - American Character Actor
Victor Fleming - American director, GONE WITH THE WIND (1939)
Frank Sullivan - Film editor not actor.
Joseph A. Valentine - American Diretor of Photography\D. 1949
Joseph Valentine - American Diretor of Photography\D. 1949
Andrew Solt - Documentary Filmmaker/Writer
Gene Lockhart - Canadian Actor/In USA
Ingrid Bergman - Oscar winning Swedish actress, GASLIGHT
J. Carrol Naish - American Character Actor
Carrol Naish - American Character Actor
Emil Newman - American Composer\D. 1984
Irene Rich - American Actress
Leif Erickson - American Character Actor; 1930's-early 1980's
Leif Erikson - American Character Actor; 1930's-early 1980's
Maxwell Anderson - Playwright/Screenwriter
Robert Barrat - American Character Actor
Robert Barratt - American Character Actor
Cecil Kellaway - Character actor, GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER
Rand Brooks - American Character Actor, GONE WITH THE WIND
Francis L. Sullivan - British Character Actor
Victor Fleming proved his skill with massive crowd scenes in both GONE WITH THE WIND and THE WIZARD OF OZ, so the impeccable battle sequences in JOAN OF ARC come as no surprise. The real piece de resistance is Ingrid Bergman's stirring performance as the young Joan, who hears voices from nowhere instructing her to aid France in driving out the British. Joan travels to the court of the dauphin, Charles VII (José Ferrer), where she passes a tricky test to persuade the dauphin of her authenticity. Placed at the head of the French army, Joan's courage and brilliant military tactics lead to victory after victory, but soon the dauphin fears Joan's enormous popularity and sells her out. Captured by the British, Joan stands trial for heresy and is sentenced to death at the stake. Many years after her martyrdom, the Catholic church would make Joan a saint. Beautifully written and wonderfully performed, Victor Fleming's last film is a spiritual adventure.
JOAN OF ARC marked the screen debut for actor José Ferrer, who would go on to make nearly a hundred film and television appearances. JOAN OF ARC cost more than $4 million to make--a huge amount for its time. For years after the film, French Customs officials would greet Ingrid Bergman as Jeanne d'Arc and jokingly welcome her home. Although he helped craft one of Bergman's most memorable roles, director Victor Fleming felt that his final film was a failure. He died a year later at the age of 66.