Peter Reavy

Robert Bresson’s Joan of Arc

Posted in films by Peter Reavy on May 25, 2007

I watched Robert Bresson’s take on the Joan of Arc story. It was such a disappointment that I wondered why I’d liked his other films. Googling it, I see comparisons between his film and Carl Dreyer’s on the same subject. It seems a bit unfair to lump them in together just because they’re old foreign films in black and white, but there you go.

Anyway, Dreyer’s film moved me, Bresson’s film didn’t. I prefer A Man Escaped and L’Argent followed by Balthazar and Mouchette. Those would make you think that Bresson is one of the greatest directors. But Procès de Jeanne d’Arc is a dud to throw in with Lancelot du Lac.

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  1. graycassettetape said, on May 30, 2008 at 2:32 am

    “Let is be the feelings that bring about events, not the other way.” (Robert Bresson)

    the embalming silent kiss of image, sound and word


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