…Bresson frequently returns to a peephole into Joan’s cell where the churchmen and soldiers leer at her. The audience only sees the eye of a man, in contrast to the man himself, and the woman held in his gaze. However, Joan knows the pleasure the judges take in their power, and she denies it in staring back. THE TRIAL OF JOAN OF ARC is a great film due to Bresson’s simple, yet radical choice to use her words. A saint now speaks for herself and in turn reinterprets history.
Kevin B. Lee
January 20, 2012