“Jeannette, the childhood of Joan of Arc” is a musical. This writing, do not expect a dish in sauce of the style “The Ten Commandments”, version Élie Chouraqui and Pascal Obispo, or an adaptation in the mode “Joan of Arc Superstar”. There are, at the beginning, the texts that Charles Péguy dedicated to the Maid of Orleans: “Joan of Arc”, dating from 1897 while he was still an atheist, and “The mystery of the charity of Jeanne d ‘Arc’, of 1910, when he regained the Catholic faith. That already marks its difference. Then there is the look of Bruno Dumont. The director of ” Ma Loute ” presented in Cannes last year, and ” P’tit Quinquin ” in 2014, [ . . . ]
It would be a pity to limit the gaze on this film to those gags who often hold anachronism. It goes much further than that.
Source: “Jeannette, childhood of Joan of Arc”, the musical of Bruno Dumont after Charles Péguy
I remember as a teenager, discovering Carl Dreyer’s seminal “The Passion of Joan of Arc” on a midnight movie tv program – way back when one had to leave a couch to change channels. I didn’t leave the couch, and the image of Maria Falconetti’s Joan, with head shaved and tears streaming down her face, have stayed with me ever since. Those eyes!
An interesting piece on Dreyer from France24, below.
“The Passion of Joan of Arc” was regarded as a miracle of cinema long before its original print resurfaced in a Norwegian mental institution. A new retrospective at the Paris Cinémathèque helps rediscover its revered director.
Source: The Passion of Carl Dreyer: Paris celebrates cinema’s ‘forgotten’ master – France 24