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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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Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 7 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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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)
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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:
First film of Claude Laydu.See more »
Quotes:
Curé d'Ambricourt:All is grace.See more »
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Referenced in 2 x 50 Years of French Cinema (1995) (TV)See more »

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16 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Depressive, Human and Impressive, 11 December 2005
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

In Ambricourt, a young Priest (Claude Laydu) arrives to be the local parish priest. The community of the small town does not accept him, and although having a serious disease in the stomach, the inexperienced and frail priest tries to help the dwellers, and has a situation with the wealthy family of the location.

"Journal d'un Curé de Campagne" is a very depressive, human and impressive movie about faith, sin, religion, guilt, love and hate. The story is centered in a tormented and naive priest, very human and therefore having flaws inclusive in his character, who tries to help people of his parish through his best efforts. Suffering from cancer in the stomach due to alcoholism problem since his generation, he writes a journal where his feelings are shared with the viewers. The cinematography and the music score are simple, but very beautiful; the direction is perfect and the performances are stunning, highlighting Claude Laydu. I am not religious, but I liked this movie. I did not read the novel of George Bernanos, but in accordance with the information in the DVD, Robert Bresson changed the personality of the priest in his adaptation to the cinema, but reaching the same objective of the original character. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Diário de um Padre" ("Journal of a Priest")

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