For a better experience on MUBI, update your browser.
958 Ratings

The Trial of Joan of Arc

Procès de Jeanne d'Arc

Directed by Robert Bresson
France, 1962
Drama, Biography, History


Adapted from historical records of the trial and featuring a remarkable cast of non-professional actors, led by Florence Carrez in the title role, the film relays Joan’s relentless interrogation and persecution by her captors in a direct, almost documentary-like manner.

This film is not currently playing on MUBI but 30 other great films are. See what’s now showing
The Trial of Joan of Arc Directed by Robert Bresson
Bresson’s film, featuring low-key mise en scène detailing the precise period in which the Maid of Orleans lived, stands up as one of the most particular and transcendent works of his oeuvre.
March 18, 2012
Read full article
…Bresson frequently returns to a peephole into Joan’s cell where the churchmen and soldiers leer at her. The audience only sees the eye of a man, in contrast to the man himself, and the woman held in his gaze. However, Joan knows the pleasure the judges take in their power, and she denies it in staring back. THE TRIAL OF JOAN OF ARC is a great film due to Bresson’s simple, yet radical choice to use her words. A saint now speaks for herself and in turn reinterprets history.
January 20, 2012
Read full article
Deriving the script for this 1962 historical drama from the actual trial transcript and other contemporaneous documents, Robert Bresson depicts the moral and political power of language and sublimates it into matters of faith. His textual archeology reveals Joan’s poetic depth and intellectual self-assurance, and the young actress he cast as the heroine and martyr, Florence Delay, has the steely eloquence and dialectical self-possession of a modern-day Sorbonne pasionaria.
January 01, 2010
Read full article

Related films