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.
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.
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.
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.
Suspended like the protagonist between sanctity and pride, undaunted yet utterly naked
A new way to access and appreciate history's most remarkable adolescent visionary.
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
Powerful portrait of a saint - and the attacks on humans by a corrupt society.
Powerful and beautiful.
| Original Score: 4/4
A film that is more rewarding to recall than to watch, but one with undeniable impact and power.
It warrants a look.
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.
Austere and ritualistic version of the trial of Joan of Arc.
| Original Score: A+