Blu-ray, DVD Release: Léon Morin, Priest

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: July 2, 2019
Price: DVD $13.29, Blu-ray $19.99
Studio: Kino Lorber


One of a pair of Kino Lorber’s Jean-Pierre Melville 4K restorations this month is the original 128-Minute director’s cut of the great French filmmaker’s 1961 drama Léon Morin, Priest.

Screen legend Jean-Paul Belmondo (Breathless) dons clerical robes and delivers a subtly sensual performance as the hot-under-the-collar Léon Morin, 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.

Regarded as a triumph of mood, setting, and innuendo, Léon Morin, Priest is an irreverent pleasure from one of French cinema’s towering virtuosos. A different animal than his crime thriller, Melville’s film is gloriously shot in black-and-white by the great Henri Decaë (Le silence de la mer).

 

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