The Trial of Joan of Arc
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.