The Trial of Joan of Arc

Film, Action and adventure

Time Out says

Based on the minutes of Joan of Arc's trial, this can be seen as Bresson's essay in sado-masochistic voyeurism. Joan (Carrez) is manacled, spied at through peepholes, genitally scrutinised, and forced (by the director) to squat on a wooden stool as if on a toilet seat. The tension generated by juxtaposing such humiliation with the serenely beautiful text (from the transcription of the trial) resolves itself in the unforgettable final image of Joan's charred remains like a burnt-out firework.

By: GAd


Release details

65 mins

Cast and crew

Robert Bresson
Robert Bresson
Florence Carrez
Jean-Claude Fourneau
Marc Jacquier
Roger Honorat
Jean Gillibert
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