|Ingrid Bergman in "Joan of Lorraine" (1946).|
|Dame Judi Dench in "St. Joan" (1966).|
|Not without merit: here we see a touch of the growing DeMille|
brilliance. He'd only been at it a couple years, folks...
|Maria Falconetti's devastation is read on her face in its many mutating|
and varying degrees from start to finish. Here, she is shamed and
humiliated for her "heretical" stance and for her denial of gender.
|Ingrid definitely brought more enthusiasm and physicality to her role as|
Joan. She is not just a small young woman who hears voices; she is
a soldier, warrior, and leader, as well as prophet.
If the movie were Ingrid as depicted in The Passion of Joan of Arc, the results would have been more commendable. Unfortunately, Fleming is too concerned with winning a wrestling match with himself.
|Boris Karloff as the conspiratorial Bishop questions Julie Harris's|
Joan in The Lark (1955).