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French Cinematheque: LEON MORIN, PRIEST (1961)

DIRECTED BY: Jean-Pierre Melville

STARRING: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Emmanuelle Riva, Irene Tunc



Co-presented by Focus on French Cinema

Pre-film wine and cheese reception at 7:00pm


A richly contemplative saga of grief from director Jean-Pierre Melville, this is the tale of a young war widow who is helped to work through her doubts and bitterness by a young priest (Jean-Paul Belmondo). “Religion is the opiate of the people,” begins the confession of jaded Communist widow Barny (Emmanuelle Riva). Relocated to a drab little village during the Occupation, her boredom has led to provoking the local clergy. But when her confessor dryly replies “Pas exactement,” Barny begins a seemingly inexorable turn towards God — or perhaps towards her handsome confessor.

Additional Ticket Pricing Info: $7 for Alliance Francaise Members


LANGUAGE: French with English subtitles


RUNNING TIME: 117 minutes






Carte Blanche: FREE
Nonmembers - $12
Members - $7
Students/Seniors (Mon - Thu) - $9




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