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Double Bill: Belmondo & Melville
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Léon Morin, prêtre

Réalisé par Jean-Pierre Melville
France, Italie, 1961
Drame, Romantique, Guerre
Double Bill: Belmondo & Melville


The widow Barny lives in Nazi-occupied France, looking after her daughter in a small village. When the Germans arrive, she decides to baptize her and chooses priest Léon Morin to do so; after spending some time with him and converting to Catholicism, she starts feeling an unrequited desire for Léon.

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This week we’re featuring a double bill of collaborations between New Wave icon Jean-Paul Belmondo and director Jean-Pierre Melville. Their first collaboration was unusual for both—a drama of faith set in the provinces—but it proves a ripe setting for emotions seething under their cool surface.

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Prix & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

1961 | Lauréat : Award of the City of Venice

BAFTA Awards

1963 | Nominé : Best Foreign Actor

Riva provides the film with a startling cumulative force.
May 11, 2017
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With his intense physicality Mr. Belmondo brings a shock of the carnal to every encounter.
April 16, 2009
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A movie that moves with the diamond-cut precision and carefully constricting tension of Melville’s trademark gangland sagas, the precious booty here being nothing less than the human soul, the price for an errant gesture the retribution of an even more fearsome underworld.
April 15, 2009
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