Procès de Jeanne d'Arc (Trial of Joan of Arc)
Procès de Jeanne d'Arc (Trial of Joan of Arc) (1962)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1962
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TIME Magazine

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.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

It warrants a look.

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Dan Callahan
House Next Door

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.

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Variety Staff

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.

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Gilbert Adair
Time Out

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.

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Fernando F. Croce

Suspended like the protagonist between sanctity and pride, undaunted yet utterly naked

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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice

A new way to access and appreciate history's most remarkable adolescent visionary.

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Sean Axmaker
Parallax View

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.

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TV Guide

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
familiar stranger
I didn't know a word about this case before plunging onto this movie. As against my expectations, my ignorance didn't turn out to be in the favor of… More
Cindy I
This Robert Bresson film is reportedly taken from the transcripts from the Joan of Arc's trial. And it's a well-done film that suffers from one major… More
Luke Baldock
At just 60 odd minutes the premise of this film doesn't push itself. Yes it is mostly people sitting round and talking but the sublime craft rises it to… More