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  • Saturday, March 11

    6:30 PM (65 mins)
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The Trial of Joan of Arc

(Le procès de Jeanne d’Arc)

Imported 35mm Print

featuring

Florence Carrez, Jean-Claude Fourneau, Roger Honorat, Marc Jacquier,

Bresson’s film follows Joan of Arc’s prolonged interrogation through to her death. The dialogue consists entirely of the trial transcript, reduced to its essentials; the visuals are austere, consisting mainly of medium shots of Joan and her judges, intercut with extreme close-ups of objects, hands, feet. Out of this icy surface Bresson creates an experience full of the mystery and the drama of this woman’s existence. Bresson: “Joan’s replies . . . serve not so much to give information about present or past events as to provoke significant reactions on Joan’s face, the movements of her soul. . . . I see her with the eyes of a believer. I believe in the marvelous world whose doors she opens and closes. . . . She convinces us of a world at the farthest reach of our faculties. She enters this supernatural world but closes the door behind her.”

FILM DETAILS 
Screenwriter
  • Robert Bresson
Cinematographer
  • Léonce-Henry Burel
Language
  • French
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • B&W
  • 35mm
  • 65 mins
Source
  • Institut Français
Permission
  • Janus Films/Criterion Collection