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The Trial of Joan of Arc

The Trial of Joan of Arc

The Trial of Joan of Arc

1962 / 65min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: ROBERT BRESSON

CAST: FLORENCE DELAY, JEAN-CLAUDE FOURNEAU, ROGER HONORAT

Among the least-circulated of Bresson’s films, The Trial of Joan of Arc is his most supremely spare, skeletal production, stripped down to the essential elements. The script is a distillation of the actual records of the Maid of Orleans’s trial for heresy, a text whose beauty and pathos greatly moved Bresson. This documentary basis helps to reveal a Joan both extraordinary and yet very human, a young woman of plainspoken conviction bravely facing up to unspeakable hypocrisy.

Print courtesy of the Institut Français.

Special thanks to the Cultural services of the French Embassy in New York.

The Trial of Joan of Arc is part of the series Imported from France and Bresson Part II.