Film Series : Jean-Pierre Melville: Criminal Codes

Léon Morin, Priest

Léon Morin, prêtre

1961, Jean-Pierre Melville, France, 130 min. With Jean-Paul Belmondo, Emmanuelle Riva.

Show Times

  • Sat, Jun 10th 5:15pm
  • Thu, Jun 15th 6:00pm

"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." — Scott Foundas, Village Voice

LÉON MORIN, PRIEST represents a change of pace from Melville's celebrated crime thrillers, although it connects resonantly with his Occupation-era dramas LE SILENCE DE LA MER and ARMY OF SHADOWS. Based on Beatrix Beck’s autobiographical novel (which Resistance veteran Melville considered “the most accurate picture I have read of life under the Occupation”), the film centers on an atheistic young widow (Riva of HIROSHIMA, MON AMOUR) and a handsome young priest (Belmondo) whose duel-like encounters walk a thin line between religious and sexual passion. In French with English subtitles. 35mm on Saturday, DCP on Thursday. (MR)

Note: Due to unforeseen circumstances, we are no longer showing the restored cut of this film on Saturday. The restored cut will screen on Thursday.

Buy a ticket at our regular prices for the first Melville film on any Saturday this month, and get a ticket for the second Melville film that day at the discounted rate with proof of your original purchase: General Admission $7; Students $5; Members $4. (This discount rate applies to the second feature only. Discount available in person at the box office only.)

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