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In collaboration with the French Embassy Cultural Services "Films on the Beach: French Teen Spirit" THE TRIAL OF JOAN OF ARC by Robert Bresson

  • 21 May 2017
  • 6:20 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Miami Beach Cinematheque at Historic City Hall, 1130 Washington Ave, South Beach
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SUN, MAY 21, 6:20p:

In collaboration with

the French Embassy Cultural Services

“Films on the Beach: French Teen Spirit”

THE TRIAL OF JOAN OF ARC

(Procès de Jeanne d’Arc)

Directed by ROBERT BRESSON/France/1962/1 hr, 5mins.

With Florence Delay, Jean-Claude Forneau, Roger Honorat




Characteristically breaking with tradition, director Robert Bresson presents a realistic, unique view of the life and death of Joan of Arc. Using a script based on the actual transcript notes taken during her trial, Bresson focuses on the psychological and physical torture that Joan had to endure, showing how these techniques were used to break her resolve and cause her to eventually recant her faith. With impeccable historical accuracy Bresson re-creates the story of the peasant girl who, after leading an unsuccessful revolt against the government, was brought to trial, convicted of heresy, and burned as a witch. His Joan, while more real, is no less heroic than the traditional Joan. This unusual approach is characteristic of this unique director who defies classification as either a traditional or "new wave" filmmaker while being highly respected for pursuing his own individual style and vision. Robert Bresson has been called a poet and philosopher with a camera, preoccupied with the idea of predestination and spiritual grace. In Proces de Jeanne d'Arc, as with all of his films, Bresson imprints his own personal signature.-Artificial Eye

(In French with English subtitles)

WINNER: Jean Vigo Prize 1962

Special Jury Prize, Cannes Film Festival

“By looking anew at The Trial of Joan of Arc, made in between the works widely considered Bresson's supreme masterpieces (1959's Pickpocket and 1966's Au Hasard Balthazar), Delay, a 20-year-old university student at the time, emerges as one of the most perfect of the director's "models": a steadfast teenage saint whose stoic countenance is punctured once, at the film's beginning, by a burst of tears.”-Tony Pipolo, author of Robert Bresson: A Passion for Film

The film will be introduced by the French Embassy

in Miami’s Cultural Attaché Vanessa Selk 



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