The Lark (1957)

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Closely follows a dramatization by playwright Jean Anouilh, 'The Lark' depicts the trial of Joan of Arc plus a few flashback scenes.

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11 February 2014 | MartinHafer
7
| A bit heavy-handed but still worth seeing.
"The Lark" was a Broadway play that was brought to television as part of the Hallmark Hall of Fame productions. Unlike a lot of plays that are brought to TV or the screen, this one actually retains most of the same actors--such as Julie Harris and Boris Karloff.

The play is a dramatization of the trial of Joan of Arc as well as a few flashback scenes. Julie Harris plays Joan and she is quite earnest in the role--perhaps a bit too earnest at times. In fact, this is the problem with the production--the other that it comes off as a bit too heavy-handed at times--particularly at the end. Still, I enjoyed the play and like that it was done in more modern language than some of the films about the same people and incidents. Worth seeing but far from a must-see.

If you are interested in seeing it, it's available for free download from archive.org--a repository often linked to IMDb. Also, you will notice on this file that the original Hallmark ads are still there--and they seem amazingly lame as the unseen narrator reads the cards (again and again and again) with his rather boring delivery.

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