Classic French Cinema Film Leon Morin, Priest 8 — 10 pm Friday, September 11, 2009 Remis Auditorium
Leon Morin, Priest by Jean-Pierre Melville (France, 1961, 117 min.). Jean-Paul Belmondo stars as Leon Morin, a handsome young priest who captures the attention of Barny (Emmanuelle Riva), a flirtatious young widow. A communist and agnostic, Barny enters Morin's church on a whim, engaging him in conversation, then severely criticizing his faith. Intrigued by his replies, Barny develops a relationship with the priest, visiting him daily to discuss religion, politics, and their personal lives—their relationship a metaphor for the deep moral conflicts among French citizens during the WWII. An extraordinary drama about life and the confirmation of faith . Hailed as "strange, often thrilling, always surprising" (Manohla Dargis, The New York Times). In French with English subtitles.