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    Léon Morin, Priest

    International House Philadelphia

    3701 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104
    • Friday December 8th 2017, 7:00pm to 9:00pm
    Dir. Jean-Pierre Melville, France, 1961, 128 min., b&w, French w/ English subtitles

    Jean-Pierre Melville Centennial (1917-2017)

    “Religion is the opiate of the people,” begins the confession of jaded Communist widow Barny (Emmanuelle Riva) in Melville’s adaptation of Béatrix Beck’s autobiographical novel. Relocated to a drab little village during the Occupation, her boredom has led to provoking the local clergy. But when her confessor dryly replies “Pas exactement,” Barny begins a seemingly inexorable turn towards God — or perhaps towards her handsome confessor. Fresh from the success of Breathless, Jean-Paul Belmondo was cast as the titular character despite his initial reluctance fearing it would undermine his newfound status as a sex symbol.

    This restoration of Melville’s never-before-seen director’s cut puts back 11 minutes excised from the original release version.
    $8 - $10

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