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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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Better that France die than live in mortal sin. See more (14 total) »

Cast

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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)
"Léon Morin, Priest" - USA (alternative 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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Better that France die than live in mortal sin., 9 September 2011
Author: Ben Larson from Leesburg, FL

Director Jean-Pierre Melville, a French independent, had two great films in the 50s, but is best known for Le Samouraï, Le Cercle Rouge, and Le Doulos. I particularly liked his Army of Shadows.

Le Doulos also stars Jean-Paul Belmondo, who plays a priest out of type in this film set during the German occupation of France. Those expecting more of Melville's film noir, will be disappointed.

The film is mostly a series of theological discussions with Emmanuelle Riva (Hiroshima Mon Amour, Three Colors: Blue), whom he turns from her communist, atheist ways.

It was an interesting film from the beginning. Father Morin was a most interesting Priest, and one constantly wonders what will happen. After all, you never see him teaching men. It is always young women, and he has no hesitation in taking them into his room and closing the door. He is free with his hand, touching them often. Where will this lead?

A very good film, and ranks among Melville's best.

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