While Joan of Arc’s spiritual calling and untimely execution are familiar ground, less well known is her strange comradeship-in-arms with nobleman, pedophile and child murderer Gilles de Rais, a.k.a. Bluebeard. Their tangled partnership forms the basis of Jehanne of the Witches, a play by Sally Clark and the latest production by Montreal’s Tableau d’H
Biopics on musicians almost always include the following: a poor childhood with a loving mother and no father figure, sudden financial success, sex and drugs, and that final moment of truth when they realize there's more to life than all of the above. Does Notorious stick to that formula for biopic box-office success? Very much so.