The Trial of Joan of Arc

  • Dir: Robert Bresson

  • France, 1962, 65minmins, 35mm

  • Cast: Florence Delay, Jean-Claude Fourneau

A foundational story of French identity with complicated questions of God and nation. Bresson follows the narrative of the country maid led by God to save France as a knight but brought down by prejudice and treachery. Yet, he reinvents it through his use of non-professional actors and his negation of actorial artifice (for which he condemned Carl Dreyer’s 1928 version of the story) in the quest for spiritual truth, on and off screen.

1962 Cannes Film Festival, Special Jury Prize

Post-screening seminar with Long Tin and Li Cheuk-to


Further reading:
Filmmakers on Bresson_Andrei Tarkovsky, From Robert Bresson by James Quandt (Toronto: Cinematheque Ontario, 1998)
Filmmakers on Bresson_Jacques Rivette, From Robert Bresson by James Quandt (Toronto: Cinematheque Ontario, 1998)


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