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The Trial of Joan of Arc: Cinematheque / Anthony's in Little Italy

I figure we may need to see some real sacrifice after finishing up on our taxes.  Frankly, I know very little about Joan of Arc and hopefully, I will be learning a lot more. The most definitive and perhaps best version (it has a 100% on RT) was shot in black and white in the 1960's and is playing here in town.

6:30 MOVIE

Meet near the entrance door to the theater 5 minutes ahead of time or look for the group inside the theater or meet us afterward not too far from the ticket purchase area.


Anthony's is one of the newer restaurants in Little Italy worth trying.  It is on the south side of 12018 Mayfield kind of across from the church.  Anthonys website    [masked]

Tips for improving your restaurant experience:

  • Print a map or enter the address in your GPS ahead of time.
  • Bring CASH to pay for your meal.
  • When you arrive, ask to sit at the "Movie Group" table.








Bresson’s Joan of Arc film, based on excerpts from the official trial transcript, attempts to humanize the saint whom he once called “the most extraordinary person who ever lived.” The movie catalogs Joan’s many humiliations and has such an accumulation of grim and horrific details that one critic branded it “an essay in sadomasochistic voyeurism.”


"This Austere and ritualistic version is considered to be one of the most accurate portrait of the the trial, yet."

Full review

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CEDAR LEE 2163 Lee Road. Cleveland Heights

Parking: Paid Parking is now 24 X 7, so bring quarters. Credit cards work in the garage. The back half of the parking lot is only 25 cents for 60 minutes.  A free parking lot is on Edgewood road, one block west of Lee road at Cedar.

CAPITOL THEATER 1390 W. 65th St. Cleveland (216) 651-7295. http://www.clevelandc...

Parking: A free parking lot is next to the theater.

CINEMATHEQUE Cleveland Institute of Art, 11141 East Blvd.

Parking: They have a free parking lot.

CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART Films , 11150 East Blvd. http://www.clevelanda...

Parking: They have an attendant parking garage. There is also street parking.

CLEVELAND FILM SOCIETY. Hosts the Cleveland International Film Festival at Tower City. http://www.clevelandf...

Parking at Tower City: Free validated parking with movie.

LOPEZ  2196 Lee Road.  A half-block south of the Cedar Lee on the other side of Lee Road.  We often go here afterward for discussions.


If this is your first movie with the group, there is no fee to attend.

This group has been successful partly because members have a genuine interest in meeting fellow independent movie goers. We don't always know where to look for you, especially first timers.  Consider posting your picture and printing out the pictures of the attendees to help find everyone easier.

We have multiple meeting places:

  • Entrance door to the movie in the theater hallway 5-10 minutes before the movie starts
  • By the entrance door or ticket office after the movie
  • Reserved table at the restaurant under the name "Movie Group"

We don't always sit together in the movie theater but if you see a bunch of people talking about good movies they have seen, it is probably us. Please join in. We are always happy to get new people involved.

In the world of Independent films, it is recommended that you check back a few days before the event to make sure the movie, restaurant, location or time has not changed.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    The movie hit me like a mailed fist to the solar plexus. - Classic Fr cinema has its roots in neo-classical French theater, estbl in the 1600s under the influence of Aristotle's theory of tragedy. An ideal tragedy, acc to Aristotle, respects the "3 unities": time, space and plot. The action of the play should transpire with a single moment (ideally 24 hours, extended for the necessities of the plot), in a single place (which can also be extended for example to a single city), and with a single plot line (i.e. without multiple subplots, comic interludes etc as we are used to in the Shakespearean tradition). This laser-like focus creates a very stark and powerful effect, quite different from the Anglo-Saxon theatrical tradition. Since theater was a model for early cinema, this created different expectations in French and American audiences. (Since the 1960s, cinema has experimented in various other directions, freeing itself from the theatrical model in both France and the US.)-

    April 16, 2012

  • George

    Interesting film, prompted much great discussion.

    April 16, 2012

  • Greg Z

    Great group of people! Afterwards restaurant choice was excellent!

    April 16, 2012

  • Jims

    A bit sparse but enlightening. I learned a lot afterward.

    April 16, 2012

  • Vivian

    odd film but great discussion afterwards. nice to talk to such knowledgeable people.

    April 15, 2012

10 went

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