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Aero Theatre | ‘Robert Bresson: An American Cinematheque Retrospective’
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THE TRIAL OF JOAN OF ARC, 1962, Janus Films, 65 min, France, Dir: Robert Bresson.
Bresson’s sparest and most inexorable film is taken entirely from the official transcripts of the trial of Joan of Arc – whom the director called “the most extraordinary person who ever lived” – and concentrates on her torment and humiliation. Dreyer’s THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC looks almost melodramatic next to TRIAL’s spartan gravity; the parched quality of Bresson’s rendering is indicated in its relative absence of water or fluids.
35mm courtesy of the Institut Français. Special thanks to the Film & TV Office, Villa Albertine in Los Angeles.
LANCELOT DU LAC, 1974, The Film Desk, 85 min, France, Dir: Robert Bresson.
Bresson’s dream project, a film he wanted to make for more than 20 years, LANCELOT DU LAC marked a new distillation in the master’s vision and style. The director predictably ignores the pageantry, magic and romance of the quest for the Holy Grail, concentrating instead on the demise of the chivalric codes and on the canonic knights’ spiritual anguish as they return “without the Grail, which is to say the absolute, God” (Bresson).
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