Monday, May 06, 2019

Bruno Dumont's "Joan Of Arc"

French director Bruno Dumont's 15th century period drama "Joan Of Arc", stars 10-year old Lise Leplat Prudhomme as the legendary young warrior who inspired the French Army into battle, only to be charged with witchcraft and heresy, followed by a gruesome burning at the stake:

"It's an epic film," said Dumont. "A gothic action film. 'Game of Thrones' draws so heavily on the Middle Ages that today any historical evocation reminds us of it. With 'Joan of Arc' all the facts and characters are authentic.

"This is the first time that the main actor has been 10 years old, when she was 39, say, in a previous production. 'Joan of Arc' in fact died at the age of 19. The freedom of interpretation is therefore infinite, just like the style, because what is at stake is timeless and accuracy is no match for that."

"I’m very fond of this true story in which a simple shepherdess becomes a glorious heroine with a tragic death. This gives it both a historical and mythical dimension. And makes it ideal for the cinema..."

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