New Digital Restoration of Never-Before-Seen Director's Cut! Director Jean-Pierre Melville's look at faith and its challenges stars Emmanuelle Riva as a widowed mother and Jean-Paul Belmondo as the priest she is drawn to in a French Alps village during WWII.
Presented by the American Cinematheque, the French Institute, the French Embassy in New York, the French Film & TV Office of the French Consulate and the Jean-Pierre Melville Foundation. Special thanks to TV5MONDE, now streaming the best of French-language films online with Sling TV.
New Digital Restoration! Never-Before-Seen Director's Cut!
LÉON MORIN, PRIEST
1961, Rialto Pictures, 128 min, France/Italy, Dir: Jean-Pierre Melville
In a French Alps village during WWII, widowed mother Barny (Emmanuelle Riva) walks into a confessional, but not as a believer; a communist and atheist, she is more concerned about the welfare of her daughter during the occupation. The priest she speaks to, Léon Morin (Jean-Paul Belmondo, wonderfully cast against type), proves exceptionally insightful, and as they begin to have philosophical conversations outside of church, she feels a growing attraction to the young man. Beautifully shot by cinematographer Henri Decaë, this is among the most thoughtful examinations of faith and its challenges ever made.
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In French with English subtitles. | Screening format: DCP