Slightly superior to Passion of Joan of Arc' (Dreyer was a master like few others, but 'Passion' occasionally feels overwrought, which is something that cannot be said for 'Day of Wrath' and 'Vampyr', his two best films) and another one of Bresson’s masterworks (save for Les Dames and some of his early efforts, the man churned out masterpiece after masterpiece—a rare thing, for any film director); highly underrated.
uses the actual transcripts from Joan's trial (which can be found online)...but Bresson doesn't really need words, words, words...his humane vision moves in gestures, glances, camera placement for maximum emotional effect...a masterpiece (i'll have to see if i like Dreyer's take as much when i get around to it)
Not to be confused with “The Passion of Joan of Arc,” which really shouldn’t be that difficult due to the very Bresson lack of passion in the performances. Despite this I found said performances, especially Florence Delay as Joan, to be powerful in their own way.
D'après les minutes précieusement conservées du fameux procès de Rouen et les témoignages de la session de réhabilitation survenu vingt-cinq ans plus tard, la vision de Robert Bresson sur le dramatique fait divers judiciaire de la pucelle d'Orléans ..... www.cinefiches.com
Minimal and powerful. Florence Delay leaves me speechless here. Best adapatation of this "roman national" despite it covers only the trial episod. My favorite about the life, death and faith of Joan of Arc. The versions by Dreyer then by Rivette come in second and third position.
A diferencia de la versión de Dreyer, Bresson le otorga a la historia de la mártir un aire documental. La objetividad con que el francés descubre la sensibilidad de Juana, la postra en un estado de fragilidad. Mientras que Dreyer magnimiza e inmola con una serie de primeros planos a la protagonista, Bresson prefiere contemplar a cierta distancia. Es además importante la fuerza dialéctica, algo imposible en el silente
Bresson is excellent, always, but it is impossible to not compare this to Dreyer's PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC, also solely focused on her trial, which is one of the great masterpieces of cinema. This is essentially a re-make of that silent film. Better that the story be told with mostly images, all the talking detracts from the story instead of adding to it. The transcripts of the trial are available for anyone to read.
The Trial of Joan of Arc (1962), with its few settings, minimal action, and plenty of dialogue, reads more like a play than a film. Still, it retains Bresson’s particular formal style; in many ways, the extreme minimalism makes one more acutely aware of Bresson’s filmic tendencies. Read More: http://aestheticsofthemind.wordpress.com/2012/04/12/the-trial-of-joan-of-arc-proces-de-jeanne-darc/