Léon Morin, Priest (1961) [The Criterion Collection #572]
A Film by Jean-Pierre Melville
Full BluRay 1:1 | 1080p MPEG-4 AVC @ 34996 Kbps | 1:57:43 | 42,21 Gb
Audio: French LPCM 1.0 @ 1152 Kbps | Subs: English
DVD9 (VIDEO_TS) | NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | 01:57:35 | 7,52 Gb
Audio: French AC3 1.0 @ 192 Kbps | Subs: English
Genre: Drama | France, Italy
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. 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.