Saint Joan

  • Film
  • Historical
Even hardcore Preminger fans number this stage adaptation among his lesser works. As usual ambiguity is the theme within the theme - no big surprise when a play by an agnostic (GB Shaw) is adapted by a Catholic (Graham Greene). The film inverts the Joan enigma, with a number of ironical insights. The very production seems equivocal: deliberately bare and skimped to enable us to concentrate on the text, and/or because Preminger was not about to splash out on such a dubious box office prospect. The subsequent troubled progress and self-murder of Jean Seberg adds a further layer of ambiguity, both as eerie distraction and poignant complement.

Release details

Duration: 110 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Otto Preminger
Screenwriter: Graham Greene
Cast: Jean Seberg
Anton Walbrook
Harry Andrews
Richard Widmark
Richard Todd
John Gielgud
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