August 18

Jeanette: the Childhood of Joan of Arc (2018) Musical

In the midst of the Hundred Years’ War, the young Jeannette, at the still tender age of 8, looks after her sheep in the small village of Domremy. One day, she tells her friend Hauviette how she cannot bear to see the suffering caused by the English. Madame Gervaise, a nun, tries to reason with the young girl, but Jeannette is ready to take up arms for the salvation of souls and the liberation of the Kingdom of France. Carried by her faith, she will become Joan of Arc.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_IDOL42IIs

Stream free with Amazon Prime subscription

Image credit: Kevin Barrett. Valor, 2002. Painted aluminum

Jeannette’s simple blue dress and stalwart faith calls to mind Kevin Barrett’s sculpture Valor (2002). Amidst the swirling energy of sinuous blue lines and shapes, the imposing sculpture exudes strength and power.  Jeanette, similarly, embodies exuberant energy and fortitude of unwavering faith.  Do you see any connections between this sculpture and the film?

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Jeannette: the Childhood of Joan of Arc will be available for loan from the dvd film library at the VBMA when the museum reopens. Become a member of the Film Society to check out films. www.vbmuseum.org