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Béatrix Beck (based on the novel by)
Jean-Pierre Melville (adaptation)
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Release Date:
22 September 1961 (France) See more »
Set during occupied France, a faithless woman finds herself falling in love with a young priest. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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 (17 total) »


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Jean-Paul Belmondo ... Léon Morin

Emmanuelle Riva ... Barny (as Emmanuele Riva)
Irène Tunc ... Christine Sangredin
Nicole Mirel ... Sabine Levy
Gisèle Grimm ... Lucienne
Marco Behar ... Edelman (as Marco Béhar de la Comédie Française)
Monique Bertho ... Marion
Marc Eyraud (as Marc Heyraud)
Nina Grégoire (as Nina Gregoire)
Monique Hennessy ... Arlette
Edith Loria
Micheline Schererre
Renee Liques (as Renée Liques)
Simone Vannier
Lucienne Marchand
Nelly Pitorre
Ernest Varial
Chantal Gozzi
Cédric Grant ... American soldier (as Cedric Grant)
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)
Maurice Auzel ... Homme dans l'eglise St Bernard (uncredited)
Louis Saintève ... Un homme (uncredited)

Volker Schlöndorff ... Un soldat allemand (uncredited)

Directed by
Jean-Pierre Melville 
Writing credits
Béatrix Beck (based on the novel by) (as Béatrice Beck)

Jean-Pierre Melville (adaptation)

Produced by
Georges de Beauregard .... producer
Carlo Ponti .... producer
Original Music by
Martial Solal 
Cinematography by
Henri Decaë (director of photography) (as Henri Decae)
Film Editing by
Jacqueline Meppiel 
Production Design by
Daniel Guéret 
Makeup Department
Christine Fornelli .... makeup artist
Production Management
Georges de Beauregard .... production manager
Marcel Georges .... unit manager
Edith Tertza .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Luc Andrieux .... first assistant director
Jacqueline Parey .... assistant director
Volker Schlöndorff .... assistant director
Art Department
Jean Brunet .... props
Donald Cardwell .... assistant art director
Robert Christidès .... set designer
Robert Testard .... props
Sound Department
Robert Cambourakis .... boom operator
Jean Gaudelet .... sound recordist
Jacques Maumont .... sound mixer
Guy Villette .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Jean-Claude Amiot .... assistant camera (as Claude Amiot)
Raymond Cauchetier .... still photographer
Jean Rabier .... camera operator
Jean-Paul Schwartz .... assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Paulette Breil .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Nadine Trintignant .... assistant editor (as Nadine Marquand)
Marie-Josèphe Yoyotte .... assistant editor (as Marie-Josephe Yoyotte)
Music Department
Albert Raisner .... musician: harmonica
Other crew
Bruna Drigo .... production administrator
Jean Fouchet .... titles (as Jean Fouchet F.I.)

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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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Sweden:130 min | UK:115 min (2003 re-release) | Argentina:130 min (Mar del Plata Film Festival) | USA:117 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Finland:S (cut) (1962) | Germany:12 (re-rating) | UK:PG (2003 re-release) | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:18

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
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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