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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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"God is not a torturer;He wants us to love another." See more (43 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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Additional Details

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:
Reportedly, director Andrei Tarkovsky's favorite film.See more »
Quotes:
[subtitled version]
Countess:Love is stronger than death. Your scriptures say so.
Curé d'Ambricourt:We did not invent love. It has its order, its law.
Countess:God is its master.
Curé d'Ambricourt:He is not the master of love. He is love itself. If you would love, don't place yourself beyond love's reach.
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Referenced in 2 x 50 Years of French Cinema (1995) (TV)See more »

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19 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
"God is not a torturer;He wants us to love another.", 15 April 1999
Author: Joseph Harder from warren michigan

That simple quote from Bresson's film sums up its teaching-and Bresson's achievement..In another review, I referred to this film as one of the handful of "elevens' in the history of film, the two or three dozen that cling to the soul forever.With absolute simplicity and unrivaled economy of means, Bresson has created one of the few 'religious experiences' in the history of cinema.SEE IT.

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