(aka "The Trail of Joan of Arc" )


France 1962

A reconstruction of the trial of Joan of Arc (based entirely on the transcripts of the real-life event), detail Joan's imprisonment, interrogation and eventual execution at the hands of the British. Austere use of Bresson's unique style with very low key performances.


Theatrical Release: February 11th, 1965 (New York)

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DVD Review: Artificial Eye - Region 2 - PAL

Big thanks to Henrik Sylow for the Review!

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Runtime 1:01:20 (4% PAL speedup)

1.63.1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.40 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital French Mono
Subtitles English, German, Spanish, Italian, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Artificial Eye

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.63.1

Edition Details:
• Interviews:
• Robert Bresson (5:05 / 4:3)
• Robert Bresson and Jean Guitton (4:08 / 4:3)
• Florence Carrez (20:03 / 4:3)
• George Duby and Laure Adler (39:19 / 4:3)
• Speech by André Malraux (21:34 / Audio / 4:3)
• Trailer (2:20 / OAR 16x9)

DVD Release Date: May 23, 2005

Chapters 16


Comments The Image
Overall a very beautiful transfer, which as all the other current Artificial Eye Bresson releases are ports from the French Mk2 (reviewed HERE). There are minute instances of chroma and edge enhancements, but barely visible. While blacks are solid, it lacks a sharpness in details. Still, this is the best this film ever has been presented.

The Audio
Simply superb sound. No noise whatsoever. Dialogue is very clear and even minute sounds like a pen scratching paper while writing is clearly audible.

The Extras
The extras begin with two brief interviews. The first, a part of the program "Page Cinéma" from 1962, where Mario Beunat talks with Bresson about the film and Bresson's approach to the film, followed by Bresson and Jean Guitton from the Académie Française talks about the film at its premiere, before we get solid 20 minutes from the film "Le Jour de Seigneur" by Pierre Chappat from 2001, where actress Florence Delay revisits the shooting location and talks about the film, working with Bresson and his methods.

Its followed by two historical programs. The first, a discussion between George Duby and Laure Adler about the real history of Joan of Arc from "Les Brûlures de l'histoire", directed by Patric le Gall 1994, and concluded with a speech by André Malraux to celebrate the 532th anniversary of the liberation of Orléans by Joan of Arc, May 8, 1429.

And finally, the trailer in its original aspect ration of 1.63:1 in 16x9.

 - Henrik Sylow


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subtitle sample (English only)
Captures resized to 800px from 1016px

(MK2 Boxset - (France) - Region 2- PAL TOP vs. Artificial Eye - Region 2- PAL BOTTOM)







(MK2 Boxset - (France) - Region 2- PAL TOP vs. Artificial Eye - Region 2- PAL BOTTOM)








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