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Béatrix Beck (novel)
Jean-Pierre Melville (screenplay)
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Release Date:
22 September 1961 (France) See more »
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 »
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win See more »
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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)
Maurice Auzel ... Homme dans l'eglise St Bernard (uncredited)
Louis Saintève ... Un homme (uncredited)

Volker Schlöndorff ... Un homme (uncredited)

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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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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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Church Chat With Substance, 17 April 2012
Author: PsychoDingo from United States

For someone seeking a movie that approaches faith, spirituality, and doubt in an intelligent, respectful manner, without pushing any particular agenda, Jean-Pierre Melville's Léon Morin, Priest may well be an excellent choice. It is a thinking film that does not tell anyone what to think, a wry film that does not take its subject lightly, and a contentious film that does not devolve into belligerence.

Perhaps you are weary of watching incendiary exposés in which smug non-believers do their best to make fools of people who are devout but not particularly articulate, quick witted, or well educated. It could be that you are interested in religious discussions that offer more than joking, mocking, and self-righteous phonies trying to out-Jesus one another in the name of social status.

Maybe you find no appeal in films that feature religion as little more than a means of identifying who to blow up, or perchance you have had enough of seeing reasonable questions about religious dogma summarily cast aside as blasphemy by a bunch of mindless sheep* that would not know their savior from a hole in the ground.

These are all cases that bode well for Léon Morin, Priest being a good movie to watch, because it is nothing like Religulous, Bruce Almighty, or Saved!

Instead, Léon Morin, Priest is a tale with a lot of smart dialogue between a young priest and an avowed atheist, several scenes depicting the occupation of France during World War II, some appropriate humor to keep things from getting too heavy, and a few romantic elements that won't even make grandma blush. Well…OK, she might blush once or twice, but that is about it, and really, it's good for her.

* As it turns out, Melville was fresh out of mindless sheep when he made this film. Speculation remains unconfirmed as to whether or not this is due to his alleged reliance upon the virtually unknown Monty Python Sheep Shoppe, which, despite claims to the contrary, appears not to stock any variety of sheep.

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