The Trial of Joan of Arc
|The Trial of Joan of Arc|
Australian DVD cover
|Directed by||Robert Bresson|
|Produced by||Agnès Delahaie|
|Written by||Robert Bresson|
|Running time||65 min|
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.
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.
- Florence Delay ... Jeanne d'Arc
- Jean-Claude Fourneau ... Bishop Cauchon
- Roger Honorat ... Jean Beaupere
- Marc Jacquier ... Jean Lemaitre
- Jean Gillibert ... Jean de Chatillon
- Michel Herubel ... Brother Isambert de la Pierre
- André Régnier ... D'Estivet
- Arthur Le Bau ... Jean Massieu
- Marcel Darbaud ... Nicolas de Houppeville
- Philippe Dreux ... Brother Martin Ladvenu
- Paul-Robert Mimet ... Guillaume Erard
- Gérard Zingg ... Jean-Lohier
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