A reconstruction of the trial of Joan of Arc (based entirely on the transcripts of the real-life trial), concerning Joan's imprisonment, interrogation and final execution at the hands of ... See full summary »
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A reconstruction of the trial of Joan of Arc (based entirely on the transcripts of the real-life trial), concerning Joan's imprisonment, interrogation and final execution at the hands of the English, filmed in a spare, low-key fashion. Written by
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"Atmospheric, conversational and unsentimental..."
French screenwriter and director Robert Bresson's sixth feature film which he wrote, is based on the transcripts of the trial of Joan of Arc also known as The Maid of Orléans. It premiered In competition at the 15th Cannes International Film Festival in 1962, was screened at the first New York Film Festival in 1963 and is a French production which was produced by producer Agnés Delahaie. It tells the story about Jeanne d'Arc, a nineteen-year-old peasant who in the spring of 1929 led the Dauphin of France's armies through several military victories which effected the Hundred Years War. Jeanne claimed that she on numerous occasions received guidance from God and other saints, but in December 1431 she was accused of heresy and placed on trial at a church court in Rouen, Northern France before Pierre Cauchon, the Bishop of Beauvais.
Distinctly and acutely directed by French filmmaker Robert Bresson (1901/1907-1999), this finely tuned and scrutinizing reconstruction of an historical event which is narrated mostly from the protagonist's point of view, draws an incisive portrayal of the inquisition of a young woman. While notable for it's naturalistic milieu depictions, fine art direction by French production designer and art director Pierre Charbonnier, black-and-white cinematography by French cinematographer Léonce-Henri Burel (1892-1977) and use of sound, this dialog-driven drama contains an efficient score by composer Francis Seyrig.
This humane, consistently involving and biographical study of character from the early 1960s which is set in the capital of Upper Normandy in France in the 15th century, is impelled and reinforced by it's stringent narrative structure, constrained dialog, substantial character development and the prominent acting performances by French actress and screenwriter Florence Delay and French painter Jean-Claude Forneau (1907-1981). An atmospheric, conversational and unsentimental chamber piece which gained the Special Jury Prize and the OCIC Award at the 15th Cannes Film Festival in 1962.
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