Master filmmaker Jacques Rivette directs this richly detailed drama based on the legend of Joan of Arc.
Sandrine Bonnaire gives a stunning performance as the young maid who believes she is compelled by the voice of God to save France from occupation buy the English. Beginning with her childhood in Demremy, this first installment culminates in her leadership of French troops into victory over the English on the battlefields of Orleans. Rivette’s unique approach to the material presents a strikingly modern study of one of history’s most enduring and fascinating figures. –Artificial Eye
Jacques Rivette was born in Rouen in 1928. In 1950, he began attending the Cine-Club du Quartier Latin in Paris, and contributed articles to its bulletin, the Gazette du Cinema, edited by Eric Rohmer. During this time he embarked on his career as a filmmaker with his first short films, Aux Quatre Coins (1950), Le Quadrille (1950), and Le Divertissement (1952).
Rivette’s friendship with Rohmer led him to begin writing articles for the new film journal Cahiers du Cinema. Here he met and became friends with Claude Chabrol, Francois Truffaut, and Jean-Luc Godard. At Cahiers he became one of the first to champion contemporary American cinema as opposed to the staid French “cinema of quality”, then prevalent. He became known as a fierce advocate of the auteur theory and praising the work of such directors as Howard Hawks, Nicholas Ray, John Ford, and Robert Aldritch.
In the mid-1950’s he continued his filmmaking education by serving as an assistant… read more
Artificial Eye's recent release, on two separate discs, of Jacques Rivette's 1994 two-part film on (obviously) two parts of the life of Joan