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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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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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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Leon Morin, Priest, 4 January 2012
Author: Martin Teller from Portland OR

An atheist/communist widow in occupied France strikes up a relationship with a progressive priest, getting both more than she bargained for and not enough to satisfy her. Melville brings a lot of interesting touches to this story, especially in his editing techniques. The film flows casually, and yet few scenes last longer than about a minute and a half. There's very little narrative filler, cutting right to the heart of their theological discussions and Emmanuelle Riva's internal struggles. It's an unusual movie with a lot going for it, including some engaging dialogues. But I had difficulty connecting with the characters. Barny is too malleable... perhaps it's the time compression, but she seems to come to certain major decisions/revelations far too easily. And while Belmondo is surprisingly not too distracting as a priest, Morin is too idealized. Maybe Barny's feelings wouldn't be so strong if we were to see his flaws, but he always seems to have the exact right thing to do or say. I suppose the larger issue could be that I don't care much for religious subject matter, but this hasn't stopped me from loving other films on the topic. Nonetheless, I'm glad I watched this.

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