The Trial of Joan of Arc

(Le procès de Jeanne d’Arc)

Imported 35mm Print


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.”

  • Robert Bresson
  • Léonce-Henry Burel
  • French
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • B&W
  • 35mm
  • 65 mins
  • Courtesy Institut Français, thanks to the Cultural Services of the French Embassy
  • Janus Films/Criterion Collection