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The Trial of Joan of Arc

The Trial of Joan of Arc

1962
Drama
1h 5m
A reconstruction of the trial of Joan of Arc (based entirely on the transcripts of the real-life trial)... (imdb)
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The Trial of Joan of Arc

1962
Drama
1h 5m
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Rated 29 Dec 2022
65
71st
Successfully conveys battle of wits between persecutor and victim, but, since it is also clear that the process is rigged, all the arguing tends towards being moot. Bresson wants to correct what he perceives as Dreyer’s overdramatisation, giving Joan back her powers of reasoning, but his narrowing of the focus to juridical and theological disputation loses the uncanny feeling of a life at stake and a cosmos in turmoil: Rivette’s JOAN THE MAID is perhaps a kind of correction of this correction.
Rated 28 Jun 2008
82
73rd
Bresson's stripped-down style is in full effect here, complete with his famous close-ups of feet and attention to manual processes. The obvious comparison to make is The Passion of Joan of Arc. Dreyer's film has an undeniable beauty to it, but as a fan of Bresson's austerity, I have to give his version the edge. I greatly prefer Delay's performance to Falconetti's. Delay brings a dignity and a genuine piety to the role, where Falconetti just makes her seem like an unstable nutball.
Rated 18 Aug 2023
70
74th
This is stylistically and thematically somewhere in between Dreyer's 'The Passion of Joan of Arc' and Rivette's 'Joan the Maid, and so it lacks the immense impact on the viewer of those extreme films. In addition, Delay's Joan comes across as arrogant and timid, whereas Falconetti and Bonnaire bring the necessary mixture of certitude and vulnerability to the role. Having said all of that, Bresson does certainly deliver on his promise of a filmic rendering of the transcripts of the trial.
Rated 06 Mar 2009
91
95th
My favorite Bresson film, if only because it's one where his style not only works with the story but enhances it, making Joan just the right mix of stoic and vulnerable. A great performance from Delay and very good choice of shots make this a very effective look at martyrdom. The last 10 minutes are especially excellent.
Rated 29 Jul 2017
75
84th
If Bresson's goal was to top Dreyer's silent classic, then he clearly failed. It's precisely the expressionist style of that film that makes it so impactful. Bresson instead applies his typically minimalist style. Its power is nonetheless cumulative, built around Joan's defiant resistance against the Church based on real transcripts. Delay is excellent as Joan, and the finale is impactful, but it's perhaps a little too dry, even by his standards, although it has moments of greatness.
Rated 27 Aug 2008
83
84th
convincing and truthful depiction of joan's end, a very interesting alternative to Dreyer's Passion of Joan of Arc. i still prefer dreyer's but this was also great.
Rated 14 Sep 2021
80
85th
Bresson's approach to Joan of Arc is so straightforward, raw, sometimes even crude -- it's mainly constructed of exchanges between Joan and the Catholic bishops in a trial bound to condemn her faith -- to the point it feels like we are watching a film actually made at that time, live, no actors, but the real people involved. Ending is the only frame Bresson 'allows' a spark of maybe true, unrestricted spirituality -- no burned body, but an empty piece of wood.
Rated 13 Feb 2012
3
38th
Few subjects could be more appropriate for Bresson's aesthetic than Joan of Arc, whose unwavering principle and faith in the face of religious persecution fits in snugly with such films as Diary of a Country Priest or Au Hasard Balthazar. Delay is excellent, stoic and dignified with just a touch of righteous anger and tragic acceptance. I'd put this right up against Dreyer's take, frankly.
Rated 13 May 2012
80
86th
Solid procedural supplement to Dreyer's masterpiece.
Rated 27 Nov 2008
63
60th
Trial makes the Bressonian method particularly apparent because of how it contrasts with other Joan of Arc movies, particularly Dreyer's rather expressionist one. As usual, Bresson sacrifices dramatic impact, authenticity, and more, in order to achieve his desired effect of "modeling" rather than enacting the story. The Joan of Arc trial stripped of almost any semblance of expression is certainly interesting to behold, but don't expect it to knock your socks off.
Rated 22 Jan 2020
75
69th
The methodical questioning against unwavering faith really puts into perspective the illogical beauty of religious faith. "How did you know it was the voice of an angel" "because I believed it was"
Rated 27 Oct 2008
88
81st
Absolutely different from Dreyer's version. It's not emotional and melancholic, instead, Bresson drives this vehicle in a cold, impartial way.
Rated 25 May 2011
78
69th
Never escapes the shadow of Dreyer for me. On its own it's a suitable if unimpressive work, but Delay's cool anger is much less interesting than Falconetti's frightened child of a martyr.
Rated 26 Sep 2013
67
29th
It seems like every Bresson film I watch gets more and more stripped down and this is just about as minimalist as it gets. This does seem like one of those "History Class" films that I usually admire more than I enjoy, but Bresson's usual style is oddly compelling to view, it's authentically full of information pertaining to the case, and the short running time makes sure this doesn't overstay its welcome.
Rated 02 Jan 2015
50
0th
Robert Bresson #2
Rated 15 Dec 2023
74
49th
audiovisual 75 acting 76 overall feeling 70 avg 74
Rated 14 Aug 2007
7
2nd
Bresson's simplest film, but it also feels like his most sterile. It's so spare and severe, there's hardly anything for me to hang onto. Not even the setting has any particularly interesting details. I think I prefer it when Bresson's characters have active hands and feet; here, they're mostly chained up.
Rated 25 Jan 2020
61
54th
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Rated 25 Feb 2018
50
15th
2018/02/24
Rated 09 Jun 2010
90
83rd
An intense, austere film that--for me--pales in comparison to Dreyer. But then I'm a romantic. Still, I have to admit that deep in my soul I I suspect that Joan by Delay may be more like the real Joan than Joan by Falconetti: impressive in her very ordinariness, personally committed without the need for self-dramatization, someone for whom martyrdom is more an obligation than an apotheosis.
Rated 16 Jan 2017
88
89th
This sure is Bresson alright. Delay is great
Rated 26 Jun 2007
100
90th
Amazing.
Rated 14 Mar 2019
88
58th
88.00
Rated 22 Oct 2007
99
99th
A very different film from Dreyer's Joan tale, particularly relative to faith. While Dreyer's film seems to be asking "Will you believe?" Bresson's film instead seems to suggest, "How can you not?" The final ten minutes are exquisite, with rhythmic editing, that wonderfully mysterious dog, and the beautiful feet taking the cross to the flames. The film is certainly austere, but Bresson builds to a formal crescendo unsurpassed in his filmography.

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