Saint Joan
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After an extensive talent search, producer-director Otto Preminger selected a 17-year-old unknown from Iowa, Jean Seberg, to play Joan of Arc, a role traditionally portrayed by actresses twice to three times Seberg's age. Seberg is cast opposite such venerable pros as Richard Todd (as Dunois), Anton Walbrook (the Bishop of Beauvais), John Gielgud (Earl of Warwick) and Felix Aylmer (The Inquisitor). Cast as the vacillating Dauphin is Richard Widmark. Graham Greene's screenplay refashions the original Shaw text in the form of a flashback. Seberg eventually became an accomplished actress… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%

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"Mr. Preminger, his scenarist and his cast, who obviously were serious in tackling an important drama, have only fashioned a series of dissertations on an important theme."
‑ A.H. Weiler, New York Times
"A work about Seberg -- a document on a restless, rebellious performer who, like her character, found herself trapped in a role"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Hollywood adaptations of plays rarely come off much worse than this B&W one did."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Even hardcore Preminger fans number this stage adaptation among his lesser works."
‑ , Time Out
"The fervor of the child-soldier is lost on the screen; she appears to be sweet and naive, not the calculating personality Shaw intended and wrote of in the play's prolog."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"One of Otto Preminger's most underrated features."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"The then unknown Seberg in the central role is surrounded by an eminent cast, many of whom act as badly as she but seem above criticism."
‑ , Film4
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