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The Trial of Joan of Arc (1962)

Procès de Jeanne d'Arc (original title)
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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Florence Delay ...
Jeanne d'Arc (as Florence Carrez)
Jean-Claude Fourneau ...
Roger Honorat ...
Marc Jacquier ...
Jean Lemaitre
Jean Gillibert ...
Jean de Chatillon
Michel Herubel ...
Isambert de la Pierre - French Monk
André Régnier ...
Arthur Le Bau ...
Marcel Darbaud ...
Nicolas de Houppeville
Philippe Dreux ...
Paul-Robert Mimet ...
Gérard Zingg ...
Jean-Lohier
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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 Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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15 March 1963 (France)  »

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An almost completely verbatim piece of cinema. See more »

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Although the story takes place in 1431, Jeanne's hairstyle is strictly a popular mode of the early 1960s. This is not a "goof" but an intention on the director's part to help young people identify with the character. See more »

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Jeanne d'Arc: I heard it in church. There was light all around. There was always a light. The third time I recognized the voice of an angel. It told me to lift the siege at Orléans. First I was to go to Vaucouleurs. The voice told me what would happen.
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Referenced in Jisatsu sâkuru (2001) See more »

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A minor work from a sleeping giant which oozes quality and demands respect.
25 January 2002 | by (Isle of Man) – See all my reviews



To appreciate this film you have to be a supporter of the 'Less is More' school of thought. Bresson presents the viewer with a stark, simple story, employing virtually no cinema devices at all - whilst 'Trial of Joan of Arc' isn't one of his best known efforts, it bears all the hallmarks of being touched by genius.

With a running time of just over an hour, the film covers the trial of the famous French heroine, the script solely based on the historical notes from the trial itself. As usual with Bresson, the cast is made up of non-actors who prove that simple delivery of potent narrative is more than convincing.

The actress who plays Joan, Florence Delay, is superb and stunningly attractive - on watching the film I assumed she was a major star of 1960's French cinema, rather than an unknown in her first ( and last?? ) role. The film concentrates so much on her character that she has to be convincing - every word she delivers has an edge to it and you can truly believe that here was a teenage girl who had an inner strength which entire armies would follow.

Everything which is good in foreign films is encapsulated here - the simple approach, the dialogue, the static camera and the realism which combine together as a piece of cinematic art. Bresson's next film was the highly praised 'Au Hasard Balthazar'(1966), which continued the themes of quiet dignity and immense power within a basic framework.


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