Trial Of Joan Of Arc

  • 1962
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Historical

The most commonly known film rendition of the famous French legend of Joan of Arc is the 1920s version by Dreyer in which Falconetti gave a stunning performance of the girl burned as a witch. From the outset of this newer project, Bresson chose an entirely different angle from that of Dreyer, for he was concerned with creating a more objective rendition,...read more

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The most commonly known film rendition of the famous French legend of Joan of Arc is the 1920s version by Dreyer in which Falconetti gave a stunning performance of the girl burned as a witch. From the outset of this newer project, Bresson chose an entirely different angle from that of

Dreyer, for he was concerned with creating a more objective rendition, unprejudiced by the filmmaker's camera technique and personal manipulations. His efforts were fairly successful. He based the script solely on the notes from the trial, with Carrez playing Joan in a manner that makes her appear

brighter and more scheming than she has usually been represented. Joan was a French peasant girl brought to trial as an enemy of the government, and after enduring a long court case and torture she was burned as a witch. Unlike the earlier version, Bresson concentrates quite heavily on the

psychological and physical torture, showing how Joan broke down during the trial and recanted her faith. The purpose of Bresson was not to destroy the myth of Joan of Arc; what he did was reveal the processes that helped to create a legend.

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