Joan Of Arc (1895)
(Alternative) Burning of Joan of Arc
(Short) Death Scene
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Edison Company, with Alfred Clark and William Heisse, was the first to film the "burning" of Joan of Arc. It was not so much about the burning as about the torture, or lynching(something Clark explored in other films), she was submitted to at the stake. This is why, when shown in Spain and Portugal, it was known as "The Torture of Joan of Arc"(O suplício de Joana d’Arc, Suplício de Juana d’Arc). A copy of the 18 seconds long film is preserved in the Library and Archives of Canada in Ottawa and some images at the Center Jeanne d'Arc in Orléans. The film was part of a series of "sensational historical paintings" of famous capital executions that Clark and Heisse were hired to produce.
A copy of Joan of Arc (at eighteen seconds in length probably pretty much the whole film), is preserved in an archive in Canada, and concentrates not so much on the burning of the French captive but on the torture she was submitted to at the stake. When shown in Spain and Portugal it was actually known as “The Torture of Joan of Arc” (O suplício de Joana d’Arc, Suplício de Juana d’Arc). It looks rather more like a US lynching, a subject Clark had also filmed, than the burning of a medieval heretic. Surprisingly perhaps no performance of the film is known in France, especially in the light of the films on the same subject that would be made there 1897-1899; perhaps there was a certain resentment of a non-French version of their own national heroine.
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