Trial of Joan of Arc

Rated NR 65 minutes 1965

The Trial of Joan of Arc (1962) is perhaps the most extreme instance of Robert Bresson's dedramatizing technique, exercised here in a rigorous treatment of its subject that couldn't be further from Dreyer's handling of the same subject. It's been more than a quarter of a century since I've seen this spare, elliptical work, so it would be unfair to make a judgment, but as one of the most infrequently screened works of one of the greatest living filmmakers, I'm sure it warrants a look. In French with subtitles.

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Director: Robert Bresson

Writer: Robert Bresson

Producer: Agn├Ęs Delahaie

Cast: Florence Carrez, Jean-Claude Fourneau, Roger Honorat, Marc Jacquier, Jean Gillibert, Andre Regnier, Michel Herubel, Philippe Dreux, Marcel Darbaud, E.R. Pratt, Michael Williams, Harry Sommers, Donald O'Brien and Gerard Zingg

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