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“All I have done, I have done by the command of my Lord… that is, all I have done well.” ~ Joan of Arc (Ingrid Bergman)
“Joan Of Arc” is a 1948 technicolor film directed by Victor Fleming and starring Ingrid Bergman as the young French Heroine. The story is set in the Fifteenth Century, France is a defeated and a ruined nation after the One Hundred Years War against England. Fourteen year old farm girl Joan of Arc claims to hear voices from Heaven asking her to lead God’s Army against the English and the crowning of the weak Dauphin Charles VII as King of France. Joan gathers the people with her faith, forms an army, and conquerors Orleans. When her army is ready to attack Paris the corrupt Charles sells his country to England and dismisses the army. Joan is arrested, sold to the English, and submitted to a shameful political trial in Rouen castle, eventually being burned at the stake for heresay.
“Joan Of Arc” was nominated for seven Academy Awards, becoming the first film to receive seven nominations without receiving a Best Picture nomination. Ingrid Bergman recieved a Best Actress nomination and Jose Ferrer recieved a Best Supporting Actor nomination. Although Bergman and Ferrer did not win, the movie did win two Academy Awards for Best Costume Design and Best Cinematography. Walter Wanger also recieved a Honorary Academy Award “for distinguished service to the industry in adding to its moral stature in the world community by his production of the picture Joan of Arc.” Wanger refused his honorary Oscar for the film because he was angry that the film had not been nominated for Best Picture.