Léon Morin, prêtre / Léon Morin, Priest

TitleLéon Morin, prêtre / Léon Morin, Priest
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1961
AuthorsMelville, Jean-Pierre
Running Time1h 57min
Date Released09/22/1961
DistributorLux Compagnie Cinématographique de France
Publication LanguageFrench

Léon Morin, Priest is a 1961 French drama film directed and scripted by Jean-Pierre Melville, and starring Jean-Paul Belmondo and Emmanuelle Riva. As the Germans take over France during World War II, widowed mother Barny (Emmanuelle Riva) becomes increasingly anxious about her half-Jewish daughter. She decides to hide the girl on a nearby farm and have her baptized as a cover. The ceremony reminds Barny of the absurdity of religion, and inspires her to pick a fight with parish priest Leon (Jean-Paul Belmondo). She's surprised to learn that he shares a great many of her views, and the two begin a chaste yet deep relationship. The film is based on the 1952 Prix Goncourt-winning novel of the same title by Béatrix Beck. Together with Le Silence de la Mer (1949) and L'armée des ombres (1969), this film is one of several made by Melville on the French Resistance.

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