Jeanne d’Arc, 1900, 10m19s
Star Film Catalogue Nos. 264-275
Director: Georges Méliès
Writers: Georges Méliès (screenplay), Georges Méliès (story)
Stars: Bleuette Bernon, Georges Méliès and Jeanne d'Alcy as Jeanne d'Arc
Despite being made as early as 1900, Georges Méliès’ Joan of Arc was in fact the second adaptation of the legend: Georges Hatot’s The Execution of Joan of Arc (Execution de Jeanne d’Arc) was made in 1897.
The title role was played by one Mademoiselle Calvière, with Méliès regular Jeanne d’Alcy as her mother, and Méliès himself in multiple roles. As with Méliès’ other longer-form films, there are a reasonable number of extras, though the primary justification for an otherwise interminable march-past through Orléans seems to be so that Méliès can convince us that he really had a cast of thousands at his disposal. In actual fact, his performers would exit the shot at the right of the screen, and would quickly dash behind the backdrop to reappear again on the left.
Other effects are more sophisticated, and are dotted throughout the film.
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