At the age of thirteen, while tending sheep, Jeanne d’Arc is visited by Saints Catherine and Margaret, and then by Saint Michael, who orders her to free France from the English yoke and to lead the Dauphin to the French throne.
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The hand-tinted colors are so weird, it almost looks like animation. I don't even know how to rate this film, there is nothing quite like it, I can't compare it to other Joan of Arc films, or other Melies films.
This early Melies film shows him using color in a painterly and interesting fashion. The characters stick out like minor pieces of pop art in a quick collage of sequences detailing this story. Besides the battle scene, which is a clever way to stage a storming of a castle, when Jeanne is burning at the stake is when the film's effects truly astound in what is a hallucinogenic and powerful scene.