6.5/10
480
17 user 6 critic

Joan the Woman (1916)

A WWI English officer is inspired the night before a dangerous mission by a vision of Joan of Arc, whose story he relives.

Director:

Cecil B. DeMille

Writers:

Jeanie Macpherson (scenario), William C. de Mille
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Carmen I (1915)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

In order to help her smuggler kinsmen, a sultry gypsy seduces and corrupts an officer of the Civil Guard turning him into a traitor and murderer.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Stars: Geraldine Farrar, Wallace Reid, Pedro de Cordoba
The Cheat (1915)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A venal, spoiled stockbroker's wife impulsively embezzles $10,000 from the charity she chairs and desperately turns to a Burmese ivory trader to replace the stolen money.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Stars: Fannie Ward, Sessue Hayakawa, Jack Dean
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A District Attorney's outspoken stand on abortion gets him in trouble with the local community.

Directors: Phillips Smalley, Lois Weber
Stars: Tyrone Power Sr., Mrs. Tyrone Power, Marie Walcamp
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Jesus Christ faces religious and political oppression during his ministry and in the days before his death and resurrection.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Stars: H.B. Warner, Dorothy Cumming, Ernest Torrence
Certificate: Passed Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The story of a poor young woman, separated by prejudice from her husband and baby, is interwoven with tales of intolerance from throughout history.

Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: Lillian Gish, Robert Harron, Mae Marsh
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

John Trimble has embezzled and obtains another identity by having a mutilated body buried in his place. He is later arrested for murdering himself. During the trial his mother, before dying... See full summary »

Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Stars: Raymond Hatton, Kathlyn Williams, Edythe Chapman
The Immigrant (1917)
Short | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Charlie is an immigrant who endures a challenging voyage and gets into trouble as soon as he arrives in America.

Director: Charles Chaplin
Stars: Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Eric Campbell
Cleopatra (1934)
Certificate: Passed Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The man-hungry Queen of Egypt leads Julius Caesar and Mark Antony astray, amid scenes of DeMillean splendor.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Stars: Claudette Colbert, Warren William, Henry Wilcoxon
Hell's Hinges (1916)
Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In the wayward western town known as Hell's Hinges, a local tough guy is reformed by the faith of a good woman.

Directors: Charles Swickard, William S. Hart, and 1 more credit »
Stars: William S. Hart, Clara Williams, Jack Standing
Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The beach front house, where Fatty and Mabel live, has been "launched" out to sea by the villains. When Fatty and Mabel arise, they find the beds floating in a sea of water.

Director: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle
Stars: Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Mabel Normand, Al St. John
The Fireman (1916)
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Charlie is a fireman who always does everything wrong. A man talks the Fire Chief into ignoring his burning home (he wants the insurance money) unaware that his daughter (the love of the ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Chaplin
Stars: Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Lloyd Bacon
Certificate: Passed Biography | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

After hearing the story of Moses, the sons of a devout Christian mother go their own ways, while the atheist brother's breaking of the Ten Commandments leads to tragedy.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Stars: Theodore Roberts, Charles de Rochefort, Estelle Taylor
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Geraldine Farrar ... Jeanne d'Arc (Joan of Arc)
Raymond Hatton ... Charles VII
Hobart Bosworth ... Gen. La Hire
Theodore Roberts ... Cauchon
Wallace Reid ... Eric Trent 1431 / Eric Trent 1917
Charles Clary ... La Tremouille
James Neill ... Laxart
Tully Marshall ... L'Oiseleur
Lawrence Peyton Lawrence Peyton ... Gaspard
Horace B. Carpenter ... Jacques d'Arc
Cleo Ridgely ... The king's favorite
Lillian Leighton ... Isambeau
Marjorie Daw ... Katherine
Ernest Joy Ernest Joy ... Robert de Beaudricourt
John Oaker John Oaker ... Jean de Metz
Edit

Storyline

John Trent, a World War I British officer, finds an ancient sword in his trench bunker just prior to volunteering for what will amount to a suicide mission the next day. That night he is visited by the spirit of Joan of Arc and is transported back to the 15th Century. Joan's career begins when, as a peasant girl, she meets Trent's ancestor, also an English soldier, fighting for the Burgundians. After Trent is captured, Joan is brought to the attention of the beleaguered Dauphin, heir to the French throne, who cannot be crowned because the English hold the royal city of Orleans. The weak Dauphin is impressed by her vision and apparently heaven-sent powers which border on the supernatural and ultimately gives her command of the armies. She is victorious at Orleans and the new King is crowned. Joan resists Trent's entreaties of love and continues her struggle to free the rest of her country from English occupation. Sinister forces, both English and French, conspire against her and she is... Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Cecil B. DeMille's Cinema Masterpiece See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1916 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jeanne d'Arc See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$302,976 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2003)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Color:

Color (Handschiegel Color)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

First film to use the Handschiegl Color Process. See more »

Goofs

When Trent discovers the sword, he holds the hilt in his right hand. In the insert close-up the hilt is in his left hand. In the cutback, it has returned to the right. (In fact, the insert shot has been spliced in upside-down.) See more »

Quotes

Jeanne d'Arc: No sword once drawn for France - shall be thrown down!
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Ann Vickers (1933) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A Strange Maiden Clad in Armour Rides Through the Gates of Orleans
21 December 2016 | by richardchattenSee all my reviews

Premiered nearly a hundred years ago today on Christmas Day 1916, this marked the first of the historical epics with which Cecil B. DeMille's name became synonymous, and far excels his later sound spectacles, by which time he'd lost his enthusiasm for location filming and his films had become painfully studio bound, with just a few token exterior sequences left in the hands of second-unit directors. Handsomely designed by Wilfred Buckland and photographed by Alvin Wyckoff, at 138 minutes it weighs in at almost as long as Victor Fleming's Technicolor folly of 1948 with Ingrid Bergman and far surpasses it as spectacle.

Imposing a contemporary WWI framing story was probably prompted by Griffith's 'Intolerance' and pushes the film over the two hour mark, making it a long film even today; and the first third of the film drags a bit. The other weak link in the chainmail is Farrar herself. The title 'Joan the Woman' (compared to later versions with titles like 'Das Mädchen Johanna' and 'Jeanne la Pucelle') already seems to acknowledge that DeMille is aware that the 34 year-old soprano Geraldine Farrar looks extremely matronly in the role (much more so than the 32 year-old Ingrid Bergman in 1948), although in the rare close-ups DeMille gives her (in which she's usually noticeably lit for effect from below), she actually looks strikingly like the 43 year-old Hedy Lamarr in 'The Story of Mankind' (1957). She also unfortunately gives probably the worst performance in the film, constantly playing to the camera rather than the other actors.

However when Joan finally gets into her armour and lays siege to Orléans the film really gets going. The screen absolutely swarms with extras, some of whom look as if they're genuinely getting hurt (you can actually see some of them flinching). Joan's imprisonment and trial also captures DeMille's imagination and provides him with the opportunity to indulge in one of the torture sequences he developed a penchant for, to the accompaniment of appropriately dramatic 'Rembrandt' lighting. Now in the clutches of tombstone-faced Theodore Roberts as Cauchon, the faces of the menacing-looking extras DeMille amassed to fill the courtroom during Joan's trial are really something; as is her execution, when a flaming orange firebrand is applied to her pyre. Courtesy of the Handschiegl colour process she expires in an eye-boggling blaze of orange flames.


1 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 17 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series



Recently Viewed