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Diary of a Country Priest (1951)

Journal d'un curé de campagne (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 5 April 1954 (USA)
A young priest taking over the parish at Ambricourt tries to fulfill his duties even as he fights a mysterious stomach ailment.

Director:

Robert Bresson

Writers:

Georges Bernanos (novel), Robert Bresson (scenario)
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 7 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Claude Laydu ... Priest of Ambricourt (Curé d'Ambricourt)
Jean Riveyre Jean Riveyre ... Count (Le Comte)
Adrien Borel Adrien Borel ... Priest of Torcy (Curé de Torcy) (as Andre Guibert)
Rachel Bérendt Rachel Bérendt ... Countess (La Comtesse) (as Marie-Monique Arkell)
Nicole Maurey ... Miss Louise
Nicole Ladmiral Nicole Ladmiral ... Chantal
Martine Lemaire Martine Lemaire ... Séraphita Dumontel
Antoine Balpêtré ... Dr. Delbende (Docteur Delbende) (as Balpetre)
Jean Danet Jean Danet ... Olivier
Gaston Séverin Gaston Séverin ... Canon (Le Chanoine) (as Gaston Severin)
Yvette Etiévant ... Femme de ménage
Bernard Hubrenne Bernard Hubrenne ... Priest Dufrety
Léon Arvel Léon Arvel ... Fabregars
Martial Morange Martial Morange ... Deputy mayor (L'Adjoint)
Gilberte Terbois Gilberte Terbois ... Mrs. Dumouchel (Mme Dumouchel)
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Storyline

In Ambricourt, an idealistic young Priest (Claude Laydu) arrives to be the local parish priest. He attempts to live a Christ-like life, but his actions are misunderstood. The community of the small town does not accept him, and although having a serious disease in the stomach, the inexperienced and frail priest tries to help the dwellers, and has a situation with the wealthy family of the location. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The main character's bizarre, unhealthy eating habits, not to mention his obsessive isolation and loneliness, were reportedly an influence on the character of Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver (1976). See more »

Quotes

Curé d'Ambricourt: [voiceover] I wanted to say something about his cabaret. He holds a dance every Sunday. He calls it the Family Ball. It attracts even the young girls whom the boys enjoy getting drunk.
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Connections

Referenced in The Immigrant (2013) See more »

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"God is not a torturer;He wants us to love another."
15 April 1999 | by coop-16See all my reviews

That simple quote from Bresson's film sums up its teaching-and Bresson's achievement..In another review, I referred to this film as one of the handful of "elevens' in the history of film, the two or three dozen that cling to the soul forever.With absolute simplicity and unrivaled economy of means, Bresson has created one of the few 'religious experiences' in the history of cinema.SEE IT.


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

5 April 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Diary of a Country Priest See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,674, 27 February 2011

Gross USA:

$47,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$47,000
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Tobis-Klangfilm)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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