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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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Not at all what I'd expect from a Jean-Paul Belmondo film, that's for sure! See more (15 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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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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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Not at all what I'd expect from a Jean-Paul Belmondo film, that's for sure!, 1 December 2012
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

The film is about the relationship between an atheist woman and a local priest. It seems she's come to the church not out of a desire to convert but to join in order to protect herself from the Nazi occupiers, as communist atheists would not be safe. Yet, oddly, during the classes she has with the priest, the woman slowly begins enjoying her meetings and actually gets quite a bit out of them. What happens next, see for yourself.

"Léon Morin, Priest" is a very well made but very unusual film that took me by surprise. The biggest surprise was the casting of Jean-Paul Belmondo as the title character. In so many other films, Belmondo is cast as rogue--cocky, self-absorbed and charming. This isn't a criticism, but it is odd that the same guy from "Breathless" now plays a very humble and decent priest! As I said, this is NOT what I expected. The notion of an uplifting religious drama and Jean-Paul Belmondo going together is a bit of a shock to me! The other big surprise is how slow the film is and how unexciting it was considering most of it took place during the Nazi occupation of France--yet, the film was still very interesting and compelling! This is no action film but one that is very deliberate and satisfying if you give it a chance. In fact, it's exceptionally well written and acted and I enjoyed it considerably. And, you certainly don't need to be a Catholic to enjoy this one.

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