Procès de Jeanne d'Arc (Trial of Joan of Arc)
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Procès de Jeanne d'Arc (Trial of Joan of Arc)
Characteristically breaking with tradition, director Robert Bresson presents a realistic, unique view of the life and death of Joan of Arc. Using a script based on the actual transcript notes taken during her trial, Bresson focuses on the psychological and physical torture that Joan had to endure, showing how these techniques were used to break her resolve and cause her to eventually recant her faith. With impeccable historical accuracy Bresson re-creates the story of the peasant girl who, after leading an unsuccessful revolt against the government, was brought to trial, convicted of heresy,… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Bresson's treatment of the Trial of Joan is characteristically ascetic; but it is also quintessential history, unique and timeless, graced with a master's touch."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"It warrants a look."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"The Trial of Joan of Arc (1962) might be my favorite Robert Bresson film, and Florence Delay, who plays Joan and who went on to become a respected novelist in France, my favorite Bresson lead."
‑ Dan Callahan, House Next Door
"Powerful portrait of a saint - and the attacks on humans by a corrupt society."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"Austere and ritualistic version of the trial of Joan of Arc."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Using non-actors, there are no false dramatics. This unveils another side of the oft-filmed tale, and the state and church politics of that century."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The tension generated by juxtaposing such humiliation with the serenely beautiful text (from the transcription of the trial) resolves itself in the unforgettable final image."
‑ Gilbert Adair, Time Out
"Suspended like the protagonist between sanctity and pride, undaunted yet utterly naked"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Powerful and beautiful."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"A new way to access and appreciate history's most remarkable adolescent visionary."
‑ Melissa Anderson, Village Voice
"As much as I love Bresson's works, I'm rarely caught up in the sweep of his drama. The drama comes for me only at the conclusion - and then lingers for days after."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Parallax View
"The purpose of Bresson was not to destroy the myth of Joan of Arc; what he did was reveal the processes that helped to create a legend."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A film that is more rewarding to recall than to watch, but one with undeniable impact and power."
‑ Sam Jordison, Film4
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