The Trial of Joan of Arc [Le proces de Jeanne d'Arc]

Robert Bresson (director)
Andre Marinie (photographer)
Florence Delay, Jean-Claude Fourneau, Roger Honorat (starring)

N.p. Agnes Delahaie Productions, Circa 1962. Vintage borderless photograph of Florence Delay (as Joan, being led to trial), from the set of the 1962 film. Seen is the back of Robert Bresson's head, wearing his signature straw hat behind the camera. French studio stamp reading, "Le Proces de Jeanne d'Arc" on the verso.

Linda Rasmussen at AllMovie notes: "Characteristically breaking with tradition, director Robert Bresson presents a realistic, unique view of the life and death of Joan of Arc. Using a script based on the actual transcript notes taken during her trial, Bresson focuses on the psychological and physical torture that Joan had to endure, showing how these techniques were used to break her resolve and cause her to eventually recant her faith.

"With impeccable historical accuracy Bresson re-creates the story of the peasant girl who, after leading an unsuccessful revolt against the government, was brought to trial, convicted of heresy, and burned as a witch. However, Bresson shows Joan (Florence Carrez) as a woman more sophisticated and calculating and less naive than she has normally been represented. His Joan, while more real, is no less heroic than the traditional Joan."

7 x 9.5 inches. Near Fine.

[Book #149466]