Jean-Paul Belmondo portrays Leon Morin, an altruistic priest in Nazi-occupied France 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. Morin soon makes it his mission to steer her 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.
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
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]
Disc #1 -- Leon Morin, Priest Play the Movie Chapters Color Bars Supplements Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean-Pierre Melville Play Selected-Scene Commentary Chapters 1-2: Rare Document of French History Chapters 6-7: A Turning Point in Melville's Style Chapters 17-20: Mortin's Power, Barny's Desire Deleted Scenes Scene 1 Scene 2 Original Theatrical Trailer Subtitles Subtitles: On/Off Subtitles: On Subtitles: Off