The Trial of Joan of Arc
Docudrama | French with English subtitles | 65 minutes
In 1431, Jeanne (Joan), a French peasant girl, insists her heroic military successes were achieved with God’s help. She is imprisoned for heresy and brought to trial at Rouen. The Trial of Joan of Arc follows the relentless questioning and torture by Bishop Cauchon. When Jeanne recants her faith, she is sentenced to life imprisonment. But when she retracts her earlier position, the court rules that Jeanne is a witch and be burned at the stake.
Why Stream This Film?
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 100%
- Cannes Film Festival: Winner, Best Director (Robert Bresson)
- Cahiers du Cinéma: Nominated, Best Film
- The Trial of Joan of Arc received a perfect 100% Rotten Tomatoes score.
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As the film goes on, Bresson shows more and more of Joan’s human side, sitting in her cell, fearing for her life and even weeping. By the time Bresson gets to the famous burning-at-the-stake scene, the film is all emotion.
Using non-actors, there are no false dramatics. The film unveils another side of the oft-filmed tale and the state and church politics of the century.
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