'In eighteenth-century France there lived a man who was one of the most gifted and abominable personages in an era that knew no lack of gifted and abominable personages . . . '
On September 8, 1979, the body of American actress Jean Seberg (Breathless, Paint Your Wagon) was found in the back seat of a car, covered with a blanket, on a deserted street in Paris. On another September 8, several hundred years earlier, a young Joan of Arc moved on the city of Paris which led to her capture and being burned at the stake. At the age of forty, Jean committed suicide through an overdose of pills found at the scene. Joan's death eventually brought her to sainthood. These two lives are traced in Lightning In A Bottle by C J Nolan. The story is an American tragedy - one deeply rooted in the optimism of the Fifties, the anger of the Sixties, and the Seventies despair. It is a true story told by two women - a young girl who must discover the heart of a saint and an older woman trying to save her own soul.
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