Joan of Arc Part Two

Arkansas author Maeve Maddox will present the second part of a three-part series about Joan of Arc in the movies at the Fayetteville Library on Sunday, August 12. The program, called A Joan for All Seasons, Joan of Arc in History and the Movies, begins at 2 p.m.

For close to 600 years, Joan of Arc has fascinated people of every culture. Her name has become synonymous with a woman who stands up to authority in order to follow her conscience.

From its earliest beginnings late in the 19th century, the film industry has turned to Joan of Arc for movie material. Twentieth-century film-makers produced numerous features about the peasant girl in armor who was burned at the stake for her audacity.  Six of these films are the topic of Sunday’s program.

From left to right, Joan movies from 1917, 1928, 1948, 1957, and 1999
From left to right, Joan movies from 1917, 1928, 1948, 1957, and 1999

With slides and film clips, Maeve will give an overview of the following six films:

Cecile B. DeMille’s Joan the Woman (1917)
Carl Theodor Dreyer’s The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
Victor Fleming’s Joan of Arc (1948)
Otto Preminger’s Saint Joan (1957)
Christian Duguay’s Joan of Arc (1999)
Luc Besson’s Jeanne d’Arc [English title The Messenger] (1999)

Admission is free and open to the public.

Phil Slattery writes fiction and publishes and

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