Trial of Joan of Arc | Chicago Reader

Trial of Joan of Arc

Rated NR 65 minutes 1965

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 (1962), 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.

Film Credits

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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