April 4, 1999 |
Radiant in her beauty, a teenage girl in medieval armor paces her horse before a mounted army and shouts a call to battle for the unity of France. "Be of good heart, my friends," cries Joan of Arc. "Today our noble king will have a great victory, because we're guided by the king of heaven." An aide hands her a long pole with a military banner, and after Joan poses with it briefly, the scene ends--for the fourth time.
May 3, 1996
"Joan of Arc in History and Film," a conference sponsored by the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and the Florence Gould Foundation of New York, will be held through Saturday at UCLA's Melnitz Theater and its faculty center. The event will include Jacques Rivette's "Joan the Maid: The Battles" (1994) which screens today at 7 p.m., and its second part, "Joan the Maid: The Prisons," screens Saturday at 2 p.m., followed by a panel discussion at 5 p.m. Today two sessions at 9:30 a.m.
February 18, 2006 |
A team of scientists hopes to crack one of the layers of mystery surrounding 15th century French heroine Joan of Arc: Could a rib and other fragments recovered after she was burned at the stake be hers? Eighteen experts plan a battery of tests on the few remains reportedly recovered from the pyre where the 19-year-old was burned alive for heresy -- including a rib bone and some skin.
April 7, 2007 |
A rib bone supposedly found at the site where French heroine Joan of Arc was burned at the stake is actually that of an Egyptian mummy, according to researchers who used high-tech science to expose the fake. The bone, a piece of cloth and a cat femur were said to have been recovered after the 19-year-old was burned in 1431 in the town of Rouen. In 1909 -- the year Joan of Arc was beatified -- scientists declared it "highly probable" that the relics were hers.
August 24, 2003 |
Verdi and Tchaikovsky composed operas about her. Mark Twain wrote her biography. Sarah Bernhardt adopted her persona on stage. Ingrid Bergman and Jean Seberg played her in movies. French sculptor Emmanuel Fremiet fashioned a massive bronze equestrian statue of her for a central square in Paris. Japanese illustrator Yoshikazu Yasuhiko created a series of comic books about her.
October 28, 1999 |
Home Vision released three French films on video this week, ranging from a world classic to kitschy camp. Carl Dreyer's astonishing silent "The Passion of Joan of Arc" ($30), produced in 1928, is one of the greatest films ever made--a riveting, tragic retelling of the famed French martyr based on documentation from her original trial. Masterfully photographed by Rudolf Mate, who later directed films in Hollywood, the film features vivid, near-surreal close-ups of Joan and her inquisitors.