Victor Fleming’s 1948 Technicolor Joan of Arc is an interesting film.
Produced with a very large budget, and with three superb cinematographers at the helm, it’s a gorgeous film to look at.
As a production, it’s big on process and small on heart, as (at least for me) Miss Bergman’s performance never takes you where one should be taken.
Again, from a personal perspective, I’d add it to library based upon cinematography alone.
Winton Hoch (She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, The Quiet Man, The Searchers), William Skall (Northwest Passage, Reap the Wild Wind, Kim), and Joseph Valentine (The Wolf Man, Shadow of a Doubt, Rope) have over one hundred years experience combined.
If there is a problem with the presentation of the cinematography, it comes down to budgets and analogue tools, as portions, shots of the film are heavily out of registration. While correctable in the digital world, not so much when one is working on a strict budget, and has only analogue tools. The film might also have had a few more hour of digital clean-up.
Where the image is cohesive, especially in close-ups, the color can be magnificent.
That point made, sit back far enough, and you’ll not notice a thing.
Jose Ferrer’s first appearance on film.
Look for Rand Brooks, John Ireland, Henry Brandon, Hurd Hatfield, Alan Napier, William Conrad, George Zucco, George Coulouris, Ray Teal, all in smaller roles.
Based upon the play by Maxwell Anderson.
Image – 3.5
Audio – 5
Pass / Fail – Pass
Upgrade from DVD – Yes
Recommended (caveats noted)