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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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Robert Bresson

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Robert Bresson
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Cast

Cast overview:
Florence Delay Florence Delay ... Jeanne d'Arc (as Florence Carrez)
Jean-Claude Fourneau Jean-Claude Fourneau ... Bishop Cauchon
Roger Honorat Roger Honorat ... Jean Beaupere
Marc Jacquier Marc Jacquier ... Jean Lemaitre
Jean Gillibert Jean Gillibert ... Jean de Chatillon
Michel Herubel Michel Herubel ... Isambert de la Pierre - French Monk
André Régnier André Régnier ... D'Estivet
Arthur Le Bau Arthur Le Bau ... Jean Massieu
Marcel Darbaud Marcel Darbaud ... Nicolas de Houppeville
Philippe Dreux Philippe Dreux ... Martin Ladvenu - French Monk
Paul-Robert Mimet Paul-Robert Mimet ... Guillaume Erard
Gérard Zingg 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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France

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

15 March 1963 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Trial of Joan of Arc See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

An almost completely verbatim piece of cinema. See more »

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Carpenters building Joan's execution platform use modern, machine-made nails. See more »

Quotes

Jeanne d'Arc: I rely on God. The voice is soft and speaks the language of France.
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Connections

Edited into Histoire(s) du cinéma: Une histoire seule (1989) See more »

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This is far from Bresson's best work.
4 December 2006 | by zetesSee all my reviews

The director's signature style adds pretty much nothing to the story, the subject of one of the greatest works of cinema, Dreyer's The Passion of Joan of Arc. If you don't like Dreyer's melodramatics – and that famous silent is indeed enormously melodramatic – then maybe Bresson's toned down version will work for you. But, really, most of the film consists of long, dry scenes of question and answer sessions between Joan and her judges. It only runs just over an hour, but a lot of it feels like a chore. It's not a worthless film, of course. Once in a while Bresson captures a powerful image. I loved the shots of Joan through the peephole, as well as the reverse shots of the Englishmen staring through it. And the final sequence, Joan's ascension to the stake, is as powerful as anything in the Dreyer film (although I usually list The Passion of Joan of Arc among my ten favorite films, I will admit that he missteps during the final sequence with that historically inaccurate riot and the Eisensteinian moments that ensue), and as good as anything else Bresson has made. Also, Florence Delay, who plays Joan, could be mentioned next to Falconetti without embarrassment. She is exceptional.


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