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A Masterpiece truthfully giving the historical facts.
on 3 May 2017
The story of Joan of Arc, or parts of it, has been told perhaps 7/8 times on screen since 1928. but this ranks as one of the best.
Concentrating on her trial and generally using just the actual transcript of that trial, it is extremely powerful, even though it uses non-professional actors (or perhaps because it does use them). It is appropriately spoken in French, with English subtitles.
It is very moving as you learn how Joan was shockingly treated by this interrogation after doing so much for France.
The DVD has many illuminating extras including an interview with the director, Robert Bresson at the time the film was made and an interview with Florence Delay, who played Joan,some forty years later. If the story of Jeanne D'Arc interests you, this is an essential film.