Diary Of A Country Priest (1951)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

Original title:  Journal D’Un Cure De Campagne

France, 1951.  Union Générale Cinématographique.  Screenplay by Robert Bresson, based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Quiet, powerful work about a priest who arrives at a little village in France to begin working with his new parish. He sets out to heal souls but finds himself beset on all sides, both by the complicated relationships that the villagers have with relationships, as well as the doubts that grow within himself in dealing with them.  Fantastic, subtle cinema, though I suspect it will mean a lot more to Bresson’s diehard fans than it does for anyone else.

The Criterion Collection:  #222

Venice Film Festival: In Competition


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