The Trial of Joan of Arc

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The Trial of Joan of Arc
Australian DVD cover
Directed by Robert Bresson
Produced by Agnès Delahaie
Written by Robert Bresson
Starring Florence Delay
Jean-Claude Fourneau
Roger Honorat
Marc Jacquier
Release dates 1962
Running time 65 min
Language French/English

The Trial of Joan of Arc (French: Procès de Jeanne d'Arc) is a 1962 historical film by the French director Robert Bresson. Joan of Arc is played by Florence Delay.[1]

As usual in Bresson's mature films, The Trial of Joan of Arc stars non-professional performers and is filmed in an extremely spare, restrained style. Bresson's screenplay is drawn from the transcriptions of Joan's trial and rehabilitation.

Bresson's Joan of Arc is often compared with The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) by Carl Theodor Dreyer. Bresson compared that film unfavorably with his own, expressing his dislike of the actors' "grotesque buffooneries" in Dreyer's film.[2]


Jeanne is incarcerated. She can only leave her prison cell when the court demands her appearance for further interrogation. The judges show no empathy and it becomes increasingly obvious that they are about to sentence her to death but Jeanne remains nonchalant.



The film won the Special Jury Prize at the 1962 Cannes Film Festival. [3]

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  1. ^ "The Trial of Joan of Arc". Retrieved 2014-03-11. 
  2. ^ Quoted in Paul Schrader, Transcendental Style in Film: Ozu, Bresson, Dreyer (1972), ch.2
  3. ^ "Festival de Cannes: The Trial of Joan of Arc". Retrieved 2009-02-24. 

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