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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 »

Director:

Robert Bresson

Writer:

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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Storyline

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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Drama | History

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Country:

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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

An almost completely verbatim piece of cinema. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Jeanne d'Arc: I wish to die, yes, but not by burning. My body is pure. It mustn't be reduced to ashes.
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Connections

Version of The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) See more »

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What you see is what you get
27 April 2010 | by lefaikoneSee all my reviews

Judging by the movie (and Bresson as a person) Jean d'Arc has obviously been a really inspirational person to Bresson. That's basically the constitutive problem with this picture. All of the humaine virtues that are most significant to him, are combined in this historical character: The willpower, the faith, the moral persistence...

The movie's an ode to a role model of his - a moral statement. There's nothing wrong with being political or making a statement, just as long as it's all part of the dramaturgical entirety, and not the dramaturgical entirety. Sadly, in this case, that's just what's happened.

The other main problem with the movie, is it's structure. All of the court dialogues - which concist about 90% of the whole picture - are reenactments of the inquisition, based on the actual found documents from the trials. There's very little dramatization, as the whole picture could be seen more as a documentary of these historical events, than a self-reliant piece of storytelling.

The storyline, nor the characters, do not develop due the course of the movie. There's very little aspects presented of the main character, and it leaves very little room for interpretation. Basically, what you see is what you get.


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