20. The Trial of Joan of Arc – Robert Bresson (1962)

First Viewing.

After viewing the magnicient The Passion of Joan of Arc by Dreyer I felt compelled to check out Bresson’s own take, and, I have to confess, I felt a touch of disappointment. Bresson, of course, is working with the bare minimums here, he’s taking away everything to give us an unsentimental and real portrayal of Joan, but, by doing this, he’s losing the compassion one felt for Joan in Passion. This version is too cold for my liking, I can appreciate Bresson’s intentions, but, ultimately, it’s not close to Dryer’s version.

Marks out of ten – Six


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