The myth of Joan of Arc has fascinated people the world over. In the collective memory, she is the young shepherd girl who died at the stake having saved France. But 15th century chronicles report that following events in Rouen, certain people refused to believe she was dead and that another woman was burned instead. Five years after the stake, an astonishing rumor began to circulate - the "Pucelle" was back! So extraordinary it has become enigmatic, the story of Joan of Arc has been revisited by Martin Meissonnier, who leads us on a detailed and fascinating inquiry. Based on numerous unquestionable archive documents, he blends historical thoroughness with a highly entertaining approach using reconstructions in period clothing and film excerpts.
Absorbing documentary, which changes your perception on the popular myth.
- The Real Joan of Arc review by RI
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I was hooked from the word go, and if you are interested in France of the period, you will be too. An impressive amount of detail from contemporary accounts, plus present day commentary. The mystery remains, but more colourful detail emerges than you'd think possible, so the overall picture gains colourful new dimensions. A tiny bit dated, but the lack of slickness adds to its charm.