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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

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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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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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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: My voices were from God. All I did, I did at God's command. My voices did not lie. My visions were from God.
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Connections

Referenced in Les échos du cinéma: Episode #1.45 (1962) See more »

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Saint or terrorist?
31 December 2003 | by gray4See all my reviews

A superb demonstration of Bresson's talent as one of the last century's greatest film-makers. It is a short film, set minimally in a courtroom, then Joan's cell and finally, with immense power, at the stake. The actors are amateurs, as usual with Bresson, but the message they convey is universal - and as relevant to the 21st century as to the 15th century, when the events, realistically described in the film from court texts, took place.

Was Joan really a freedom-fighter and a saint, receiving messages from God through her saintly visions? Or was she a 15th century terrorist, opposing both the power of the English occupying army and the tenets of the Catholic Church and its bishops? As the trial is enacted, there are no obvious villains - not even the English officer representing the occupying secular power. And Joan needs to be discreetly prompted by a white-clad priest, whose motives are obscure, casting some doubts on the certainties of her visions. The triumph of the director and the actors is that you feel that the viewer is totally involved in the interactions - and I had to rush to the history books to learn more about the main characters as soon as the film finished.


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