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Writers:
Béatrix Beck (novel)
Jean-Pierre Melville (screenplay)
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Release Date:
22 September 1961 (France) See more »
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Plot:
In World War II, the widow Barny sees the Italian soldiers arriving in occupied Saint Bernard while walking to her job... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win See more »
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Cast

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Jean-Paul Belmondo ... Léon Morin

Emmanuelle Riva ... Barny
Irène Tunc ... Christine Sangredin
Nicole Mirel ... Sabine Levy
Gisèle Grimm ... Lucienne
Marco Behar ... Edelman
Monique Bertho ... Marion
Marc Eyraud
Nina Grégoire
Monique Hennessy ... Arlette
Edith Loria
Micheline Schererre
Renee Liques
Simone Vannier
Lucienne Marchand
Nelly Pitorre
Ernest Varial
Chantal Gozzi
Cedric Grant ... American soldier
George Lambert ... American soldier
Marielle Gozzi ... France (older)
Patricia Gozzi ... France

Gérard Buhr ... Gunther
Howard Vernon ... The colonel
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Claude Achard
André Badin
Madeleine Ganne
Adeline Aucoc ... Femme (uncredited)
Louis Saintève ... Un homme (uncredited)

Volker Schlöndorff ... Un homme (uncredited)
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Directed by
Jean-Pierre Melville 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Béatrix Beck  novel
Jean-Pierre Melville  screenplay and dialogue

Produced by
Georges de Beauregard .... producer
Carlo Ponti .... producer
 
Original Music by
Martial Solal 
 
Cinematography by
Henri Decaë 
 
Film Editing by
Jacqueline Meppiel 
Nadine Trintignant 
Marie-Josèphe Yoyotte 
 
Production Design by
Daniel Guéret 
 
Makeup Department
Christine Fornelli .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jacqueline Parey .... assistant director
Volker Schlöndorff .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Robert Christidès .... set designer
 
Sound Department
Jacques Maumont .... sound mixer
Guy Villette .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Raymond Cauchetier .... still photographer
Jean Rabier .... camera operator
 
Music Department
Albert Raisner .... musician: harmonica
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Léon Morin, prêtre" - France (original title)
"Leon Morin, Priest" - International (English title) (literal title)
"The Forgiven Sinner" - USA
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Runtime:
Sweden:130 min | UK:115 min (2003 re-release) | Argentina:130 min (Mar del Plata Film Festival) | USA:117 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Finland:S (cut) (1962) | UK:PG (2003 re-release) | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:18

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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Barny, the war, and a certain priest, 17 March 2010
Author: Bob Taylor (bob998@sympatico.ca) from Canada

My thoughts about this film don't seem to follow any precise structural pattern. I will just note the things that struck me and leave it at that. This movie affected me as no other story set in an occupied country ever has. It has a dreamlike pace and texture.

Barny sees young Italian soldiers appearing in her town, their hats have plumes--are they with a circus?... She forms a passionate friendship with Sabine, her boss: there will be a scene in which Sabine's breasts are pressed against Barny's neck and shoulders... later we find that Sabine's brother has been deported to a concentration camp... Barny and two other women have their children (who are half-Jewish) baptised. They figure that the church will legitimize their kids in the eyes of the enemy... Barny and Léon start to debate the meaning of faith. Léon makes it clear to her that he is not available, but her yearnings know no bounds. Reading Papini as a substitute for sex... Barny is involved with the Resistance, will hide Jews if required to, but her emotional life must take precedence over these activities.

There is much more, but I will just say that Riva and Belmondo are superb. After seeing her in Hiroshima, mon amour--in which she played well, but not memorably so--I was startled with her accomplished acting here. Belmondo is tough and moving; Léon is no Don Camillo.

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