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Journal d'un curé de campagne
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Release Date:
5 April 1954 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A young priest taking over the parish at Ambricourt tries to fulfill his duties even as he fights a mysterious stomach ailment. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 7 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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How to do a religious film without mentioning God. See more (44 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Claude Laydu ... Priest of Ambricourt (Curé d'Ambricourt)
Jean Riveyre ... Count (Le Comte)
Adrien Borel ... Priest of Torcy (Curé de Torcy) (as Andre Guibert)
Rachel Bérendt ... Countess (La Comtesse) (as Marie-Monique Arkell)
Nicole Maurey ... Miss Louise
Nicole Ladmiral ... Chantal
Martine Lemaire ... Séraphita Dumontel
Antoine Balpêtré ... Dr. Delbende (Docteur Delbende) (as Balpetre)
Jean Danet ... Olivier
Gaston Séverin ... Canon (Le Chanoine) (as Gaston Severin)
Yvette Etiévant ... Femme de ménage
Bernard Hubrenne ... Priest Dufrety
Léon Arvel ... Fabregars
Martial Morange ... Deputy mayor (L'Adjoint)
Gilberte Terbois ... Mrs. Dumouchel (Mme Dumouchel)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Serge Bento ... Mitonnet (as Serge Benneteau)
Germaine Stainval ... La patronne du café (uncredited)
François Valorbe ... Bit Role (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Bresson 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Georges Bernanos  novel
Robert Bresson 

Original Music by
Jean-Jacques Grünenwald  (as Jean-Jacques Grunenwald)
 
Cinematography by
Léonce-Henri Burel  (as L.H. Burel)
 
Film Editing by
Paulette Robert 
 
Art Direction by
Pierre Charbonnier 
 
Set Decoration by
Robert Turlure 
 
Production Management
Léon Carré .... production manager
Robert Sussfeld .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Guy Lefranc .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Paul Colin .... poster designer (uncredited)
Defo .... poster designer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Jean Rieul .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Roger Corbeau .... still photographer
Robert Juillard .... camera operator
 
Other crew
Michel Choquet .... general manager
Odette Lemarchand .... script supervisor
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Also Known As:
"Journal d'un curé de campagne" - France (original title)
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Runtime:
115 min | USA:95 min | Canada:122 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Tobis-Klangfilm)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Finland:S | Finland:K-3 (new rating: 2001) | France:U (Visa #9831) | Singapore:PG | USA:Approved | West Germany:12 (w)

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Trivia:
The main character's bizarre, unhealthy eating habits, not to mention his obsessive isolation and loneliness, were reportedly an influence on the character of Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver (1976).See more »
Quotes:
Curé de Torcy:Make order. Make order all day long. Make order while thinking that disorder will take over the following day, because it is precisely within order, unfortunately, that the night will blow away yesterday's work.See more »

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24 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
How to do a religious film without mentioning God., 12 July 2004
Author: raypaquin from Pembroke, Ontario, Canada

How does one write about religion without hardly even mentioning God? This masterpiece shows better than any other film that religion is not about God, but about us. Religion is a box into which we try to put God. As Voltaire said or wrote, "God has created us into His image , but we have returned the compliment." I am a deeply religious man, yet I have not set foot in a church for the past 30 years or so, except for marriages, baptisms, funerals and the like. In that sense, this is a deeply religious film. However, it is about religiosity, not strictly about religion. It is about the wife who will speak about the sins of her husband for an hour during confession, and where the priest has to interrupt her and tell her "Now that I have heard the confession of your husband, may I hear your own?" How such a movie could have been made by an avowed atheist is beyond me. In that sense, I feel a deep kinship with Robert Bresson and with the writer, Georges Bernanos. In short, this is a blue-blood MASTERPIECE !!! Buy it, steal it, rent it, lie for it, but see it, please !

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