In part two of Jacques Rivette’s epic retelling of the life of Joan of Arc, ‘The Prisons’ continues with Jeanne (Sandrine Bonnaire) leading her countrymen in victorious assaults on the English army. But when she is finally captured and put on trial, she finds both her life and the sanctity of her body at stake.
The conclusion of Rivette’s acclaimed masterpiece paints a compelling portrait of this captivating historical legend. —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
Maria Falconetti and Florence Delay both portrayed her in a terrific way, but Sandrine Bonnaire IS Jeanne d'Arc. Rivette´s late masterpiece doesn´t just focus on the trial, but depicts the circumstances that lead to it, and creates one of the most authentic and extraordinary renarrations of medieval history.
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