San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Weather note: Screening will be shown as scheduled. Recent snow will not effect this screening.
MONDAY, MARCH 17 AT 7PM
At the Embassy of France
4101 Reservoir Road, NW - Washington, D.C.
General Admission: $8 - Seniors & Students: $5
Advance paid parking available (must be purchased in advance). Additional parking available on Reservoir Road and across the street at Georgetown University Hospital's pay lot.et at Georgetown University Hospital's pay lot.
LEON MORIN, PRIEST
ROMANCE - France - 1961 - 130 mins. - Blu-Ray
Director: Jean-Pierre Melville
Starring: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Emmanuelle Riva, Irène Tunc, Howard Vernon
Screened in French with English subtitles
In a small French town during the Occupation, Barny (Riva) is a young, wayward, sexually frustrated widow, living with her little girl. She is also a communist militant who long ago decided that the easiest way was the best. One day she enters a church, randomly chooses a priest (Belmondo) to confess to and, while in confessional, attempts to provoke him by criticizing Catholicism. Instead of being affronted, the priest engages her in an intellectual discussion regarding religion. The priest is Leon Morin, young, handsome, smart and altruistic. He invites Barny to continue the conversation outside of confessional. She begins regularly seeing him and is impressed by his moral strength, while he makes it his mission to steer her onto the right path.
- Venice Film Festival –1961 – Award of the City of Venice
- BAFTA – 1963 – Best Actor (nominated)
"Jean-Paul Belmondo delivers a subtly sensual performance in the hot-under-the-collar Léon Morin, Priest (Léon Morin, prêtre), directed by Jean-Pierre Melville. A triumph of mood, setting, and innuendo, Léon Morin, Priest is an irreverent pleasure from one of French cinema’s towering virtuosos." – Criterion
“A strange, often thrilling, always surprising film. Belmondo brings a shock of the carnal to every encounter. The world of Léon Morin is one of profound disarray.” –The New York Times