Léon Morin, Priest

Léon Morin, Priest

Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville • 1961 • France
Starring Jean-Paul Belmondo, Emmanuelle Riva

Jean-Paul Belmondo delivers a subtly sensual performance in 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 desired by 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 religious skeptic whose relationship with her confessor turns into 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.

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Léon Morin, Priest
  • Léon Morin, Priest

    Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville • 1961 • France
    Starring Jean-Paul Belmondo, Emmanuelle Riva

    Jean-Paul Belmondo delivers a subtly sensual performance in 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 de...

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  • Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean-Pierre Melville on LÉON MORIN, PRIEST

    In this excerpt from the September 20, 1961, episode of the French television program “JT 19H15,” journalist Maurice Séveno interviews actor Jean-Paul Belmondo and director Jean-Pierre Melville about LÉON MORIN, PRIEST.

  • LÉON MORIN, PRIEST Deleted Scenes

    Jean-Pierre Melville’s initial cut of LÉON MORIN, PRIEST ran over three hours. When he decided to focus on the relationship between Barny and Morin, however, he eliminated many scenes depicting life during wartime, such as the two presented here. In the first scene, the Gestapo patrols the town, ...