Jean Seberg in Breathless (1960, dir. Jean-Luc Godard)
“I don’t know if I’m unhappy because I’m not free, or I’m not free because I’m unhappy.”
Jean Seberg in Saint Joan (1957, dir. Otto Preminger, adapted from Shaw’s Saint Joan )
“I will never take a husband. A man in Toul took an action against me for breach of promise; but I never promised him. I am a soldier: I do not want to be thought of as a woman. I will not dress as a woman. I do not care for the things women care for. They dream of lovers, and of money. I dream of leading a charge, and of placing the big guns.”
-George Bernard Shaw, Saint Joan
Big guns aside, this is one of the least impressive films made of Joan of Arc’s life, though it’s a good example of the different cultural sensibilities & perspectives European & American filmmakers have brought to the story - European films primarily concern themselves with Joan of Arc the martyr; it is on her persecution and death that Robert Bresson & Carl Dreyer concentrate. In American productions, she is a rebel & a woman of action, and it is this side of her that most interests Otto Preminger & Victor Fleming (director of the 1948 film starring Ingrid Bergman as Joan).