Joan of Arc [Joan of Lorraine]

Culver City, CA: Sierra Pictures / RKO Radio Pictures, Circa 1948. Draft script for the 1948 film, "Joan of Arc," here under its working title, "Joan of Lorraine." Original scripts from Fleming's films are rarely seen on the market.

Based on Maxwell Anderson's play, "Joan of Lorraine." Anderson's play debuted on Broadway in 1946, ran for 199 performances at the Alvin Theatre, and closed in 1947. Ingrid Bergman, who stars as Joan in the film, also starred in the play, and won the 1947 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play. The film won three Academy Awards.

Director Victor Fleming's final film, featuring Bergman as Joan of Arc, the 15th-century French peasant girl who led the French in battle against the invading English. Bergman portrays the martyr as a strong and spiritual figure who proves her devotion to the Dauphin (Jose Ferrer), later to become the King of France. She wins an alliance with the Governor of Vaucouleurs and the courtiers at Chinon, leads her army in the Battle of Orleans, is betrayed by the Burgundians. Joan was captured, tortured, and ultimately executed by the English, and was later made a Catholic saint.

Set in the village of Domremy, shot on location in California.

Tan titled wrappers. Distribution page present, undated, with receipt removed, noted as copy No. 400. Title page integral with distribution page. 163 leaves, with last page of text numbered 158. Mimeograph duplication. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Very Good plus, bound internally with two gold brads.

[Book #135635]

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