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

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TIME Magazine
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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.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

March 5, 2013
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.

Full Review Source: Parallax View

May 4, 2012
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.

Full Review Source: House Next Door

January 9, 2012
Variety Staff
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

July 6, 2010
Fernando F. Croce

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

Full Review Source: CinePassion

March 28, 2010
Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
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A new way to access and appreciate history's most remarkable adolescent visionary.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

December 15, 2009

TV Guide's Movie 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.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

August 28, 2006
Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Powerful portrait of a saint - and the attacks on humans by a corrupt society.

Full Review Source: Classic Film and Television

August 22, 2006
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Powerful and beautiful.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 4/4

July 22, 2006
Sam Jordison

A film that is more rewarding to recall than to watch, but one with undeniable impact and power.

Full Review Source: Film4

March 25, 2006
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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It warrants a look.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

March 25, 2006
Gilbert Adair
Time Out
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out

March 25, 2006
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Austere and ritualistic version of the trial of Joan of Arc.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: A+

March 22, 2006
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