Léon Morin, Priest: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1961) / Region 1
Léon Morin, Priest: The Criterion Collection

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Léon Morin, Priest: The Criterion Collection

Jean-Paul Belmondo (Breathless) dons clerical robes and delivers a subtly sensual performance for the hot-under-the-collar Léon Morin, Priest, directed by Jean-Pierre Melville (Army Of Shadows). The French superstar plays a devoted man of the cloth who is the crush object of 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 (Hiroshima Mon Amour) - a borderline heretic whose relationship with her confessor is 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.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Apr 18 2011
  • Production Year 1961
  • Empire SKU 1572635
  • UPC Code 715515084710
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English


French Television Interview with Director Jean-Pierre Melville and Actor Jean-Paul Belmondo from 1961
Selected-Scene Commentary by Film Scholar Ginette Vincendeau
Deleted Scenes
Original Theatrical Trailer
A Booklet Featuring An Essay by Critic and Novelist Gary Indiana and Excerpts From Melville On Melville


  • Audio
    French Dolby Digital Mono
  • Video
    Widescreen 1.66:1 B&W (Anamorphic)

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