Joan the Woman


One of Cecil de Mille's early film's, Joan was the first in a string of screen presentations of Joan of Arc. Its depiction of corrupt and scheming churchmen did not go over well with American Catholics still struggling against widespread anti-Catholic prejudice, and the ensuing controversy led De Mille to recommend to distributors that two versions be shown—one for Catholic audiences and one for Protestant.

Source: Les and Barbara Keyser, Hollywood and the Catholic Church: The Image of Roman Catholicism in American Movies (Chicago: Loyola University Press, 1984).