Leon Morin, Prêtre

Leon Morin, Prêtre

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Director: Jean-Pierre Melville

Cast: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Emmanuelle Riva, Irène Tunc

     
 

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Jean-Paul Belmondo portrays Leon Morin, an altruistic priest who believes that any sin can be expunged by a good dose of faith. Emmanuelle Riva plays a wayward woman who long ago decided that the easiest way was the best. Belmondo makes it his mission to steer Riva onto the right path. Given the censorial climate of 1961, it isn't surprising that the picture was shorn… See more details below

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Overview

Jean-Paul Belmondo portrays Leon Morin, an altruistic priest who believes that any sin can be expunged by a good dose of faith. Emmanuelle Riva plays a wayward woman who long ago decided that the easiest way was the best. Belmondo makes it his mission to steer Riva onto the right path. Given the censorial climate of 1961, it isn't surprising that the picture was shorn of 22 minutes for its American release.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
Léon Morin, Prêtre was one of the first films to take a serious look at life in France under the Nazi occupation. Writer-director Jean-Pierre Melville uses his priest protagonist (Jean-Paul Belmondo) to chronicle the lives of the residents of the small occupied town, from those who fight in the Resistance to those who simply want to survive. The central story explores the sexual tension between priest and parishioner, with an unusually frank approach for the early 1960s. Melville's detailed, observant portrait imbues the film with a unique credibility, and Belmondo gives a sexy, charismatic performance that enhances the film's thematic contrasts. Léon Morin is also uncommon for the early 1960s in its passionate argument against anti-Semitism. Few films before or after have examined spirituality and religion in so convincing a manner.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/26/2011
UPC:
0715515084710
Original Release:
1961
Rating:
NR
Source:
Criterion
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:57:00

Special Features

French Television Interview with Director Jean-Pierre Melville and Actor Jean-Paul Belmondo from 1961; ; Selected-Scene Commentary by Film Scholar Ginette Vincendeau; Deleted Scenes; Original Theatrical Trailer; ; Plus: a Booklet featuring an Essay by critic and novelist Gary Indiana and excerpts from Melville on Melville

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jean-Paul Belmondo Leon Morin
Emmanuelle Riva Barny
Irène Tunc Christine Sangredin
Nicole Mirel Sabine Levy
Patricia Gozzi France
Monique Hennessy Arlette
Gerard Buhr Gunther
Howard Vernon The colonel
Gisele Grimm Lucienne

Technical Credits
Jean-Pierre Melville Director,Screenwriter
Robert Christides Set Decoration/Design
Georges de Beauregard Producer
Henri Decaë Cinematographer
Daniel Gueret Production Designer
Carlo Ponti Producer
Jean Rabier Camera Operator
Albert Raisner Score Composer
Volker Schlöndorff Asst. Director
Martial Solal Score Composer
Nadine Trintignant Editor
Guy Villette Sound/Sound Designer
Marie-Josephe Yoyotte Editor

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Leon Morin, Priest
1. Logos/Opening Credits [2:58]
2. A Distant War [1:57]
3. Sabine [5:07]
4. A Hasty Baptism [3:28]
5. Inadvertent Absolution [8:56]
6. Citizen-priest, comrade-father [5:10]
7. The dot and the circle [5:59]
8. The French Race [5:14]
9. Spiritual Leader [5:07]
10. Little France [5:32]
11. No Hard Feelings [7:30]
12. "I'm Converted" [6:54]
13. Blinded by Jealousy [8:01]
14. A Country Priest's Maid [7:57]
15. Change in Atmosphere [6:33]
16. A Happy Childhood [6:08]
17. A Stimulating Sermon [4:52]
18. As a Wife? [2:51]
19. Just One Time [4:59]
20. Like a Dead Branch [1:42]
21. Virgin Territory [3:39]
22. Miracles for Heretics [6:51]

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