Joan of Arc DVD's
I think I've seen every Joan of Arc Movie ever made, but there's no chance that I've read every word written about her nor have I seen every piece of art she inspired. Playwrights and Poets alike have been captured by her. To the left is an assortment of Joan of Arc DVD's that are for sale on Amazon. Netflix has a good collection of Joan of Arc movies too.
The Passion of Joan of Arc, in black and white, is the oldest and has an authentic feel, it sticks very closely to the script for the movie, the actual transcript of the Trial of Joan of Arc.
I really enjoyed the Ingrid Bergman version too. If you're considering viewing a Joan of Arc movie with your teenagers, you might prefer the LeeLee Sobieski version simply entitled Joan of Arc, or the sensational The Messenger with Milla Jovovich playing the role of Joan.
*Books about Joan of Arc*
Joan of Arc by Mark Twain Very few people know that Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) wrote a major work on Joan of Arc. Still fewer know that he considered it not only his most important but also his best work. He spent twelve years in research and many months in France doing archival work and then made several attempts until he felt he finally had the story he wanted to tell. He reached his conclusion about Joan's unique place in history only after studying in detail accounts written by both sides, the French and the English. Because of Mark Twain's antipathy to institutional religion, one might expect an anti-Catholic bias toward Joan or at least toward the bishops and theologians who condemned her. Instead one finds a remarkably accurate biography of the life and mission of Joan of Arc told by one of this country's greatest storytellers. The very fact that Mark Twain wrote this book and wrote it the way he did is a powerful testimony to the attractive power of the Catholic Church's saints. This is a book that really will inform and inspire.