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Leon Morin, Priest

Spine #572
Out-of-print



Release:
Jul 26, 2011
$39.95

Number of Discs: 1

Specs
  • 1.66:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • French PCM Mono
  • English subtitles

Leon Morin, Priest

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Directed By: Jean-Pierre Melville
Starring: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Emmanuelle Riva, Irène Tunc, Nicole Mirel, Gisèle Grimm, Monique Hennessy
Licensor: Rialto Pictures

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Jean-Paul Belmondo dons clerical robes and delivers a subtly sensual performance for the hot-under-the-collar Léon Morin, Priest, directed by Jean-Pierre Melville. The French superstar plays a devoted man of the cloth who is the crush object of all the women of a small village in Nazi-occupied France. He finds himself most drawn to a sexually frustrated widow-played by Emmanuelle Riva-a borderline heretic whose relationship with her confessor is a confrontation with both God and her own repressed desire. A triumph of mood, setting, and innuendo, Léon Morin, Priest is an irreverent pleasure from one of French cinema's towering virtuosos.

Supplements
  • Archival interview with director Jean-Pierre Melville and actor Jean-Paul Belmondo
  • Visual essay by French film scholar Ginette Vincendeau
  • Original theatrical trailer

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