LÉON MORIN, PRIEST

By Jean-Pierre Melville


FILM INFO:
130 minutes. France, 1961. Subtitled. B&W. D-Cinema

PLAYING:
13.15, Saturday 3rd, March / Gate Cinema


Classics

LÉON MORIN, PRIEST

This brilliant adaptation of Béatrix Beck’s autobiographical novel (which Melville considered ‘the most accurate picture I have read of life under the Occupation’) centers on a young atheist, communist widow Barny (Emmanuelle Riva) and her developing love for a handsome unconventional priest (Jean-Paul Belmondo) who tries to convert her. Seen through the eyes of Barny, their dual-like encounters walk a thin line between religious passion and sexual tension, delicately constructed through Henri Decaë’s low-key photography, effective editing, and skillful use of voice-over.

WHERE AND WHEN?
13.15, Saturday 3rd, March / Gate Cinema

Notes by Marie-Pierre Richard

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