Joan the Woman

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Joan the Woman is a 1916 American epic silent drama film directed by Cecil B. DeMille and starring Geraldine Farrar as Joan of Arc. The film premiered on Christmas Day in 1916. This was DeMille's first historical drama. The screenplay is based on... read more
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Joan the Woman is a 1916 American epic silent drama film directed by Cecil B. DeMille and starring Geraldine Farrar as Joan of Arc. The film premiered on Christmas Day in 1916. This was DeMille's first historical drama. The screenplay is based on Friedrich Schiller's 1801 play Die Jungfrau von Orelans (The Maid of Orleans). This film was considered to be the "first cinematic spectacle about Joan of Arc." This was the first film to use the Handschiegl Color Process (billed as the "Wyckoff-DeMille Process") for certain scenes. This process is especially noticeable in the scene of Joan burning at the stake, the use of red and yellow gave this a heightened dramatic effect. A print of the film still exists. DeMille has said that in the weeks before shooting he became obsessed with historical research, costume and set design, and casting decisions.

Original Release

12/25/1916

US Release

12/25/1916

Cast

Geraldine Farrar Jeanne d'Arc (Joan of Arc)
Raymond Hatton Charles VII
Wallace Reid Eric Trent 1917 / Eric Trent 1431
Hobart Bosworth Gen. La Hire
Theodore Roberts Cauchon
Charles Clary La Tremouille
Tully Marshall L'Oiseleur
Lawrence Peyton Gaspard
Horace B. Carpenter Jacques d'Arc
Cleo Ridgely The king's favorite
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Cecil B. DeMille

Writers

William C. de Mille, Jeanie Macpherson

Cast

Geraldine Farrar Jeanne d'Arc (Joan of Arc)
Raymond Hatton Charles VII
Wallace Reid Eric Trent 1917 / Eric Trent 1431
Hobart Bosworth Gen. La Hire
Theodore Roberts Cauchon
Charles Clary La Tremouille
Tully Marshall L'Oiseleur
Lawrence Peyton Gaspard
Horace B. Carpenter Jacques d'Arc
Cleo Ridgely The king's favorite
Lillian Leighton Isambeau
Marjorie Daw Katherine
Ernest Joy Robert de Beaudricourt
John Oaker Jean de Metz
Hugo B. Koch Duke of Burgundy
William Conklin John of Luxembourg
Nigel De Brulier Man at trial
Jack Hoxie (as Hart Hoxie)
Fred Kohler L'Oiseleur's henchman
Lucien Littlefield

Producers

Editors

Cecil B. DeMille

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