Leon Morin, Priest (Léon Morin, Prêtre)
When: Wednesday, July 14th
Where:Byzantine and Christian Museum (22 Vas. Sofias Avenue, Athens) | Free Entrance
Writer and Director: Jean-Pierre Melville
Starring: Emmanuelle Riva, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Patricia Gozzi, Nicole Mirel
Year of Production: 1961
One of the greatest films directed by the top French creator of "Le Samourai" and "Le Cercle Rouge", the awarded in Venice Film Festival "Leon Morin, Priest" has in its leading roles two young people, erotic stars of the time, who Melville handles unexpectedly, like pawns in a complex chessboard: In the years of Occupation, a communist (Emmanuelle Riva from "Hiroshima, My Love" is exquisite) is found in the humanistic net of a genuine altruistic-rebel priest (a totally magnetic Jean-Paul Belmondo) who converts her but also romantically seduces her. However, are things the way they seem?
Spirit and flesh, sex and power, earthly and lift-off, affirmation and denial, are some of the bipolar of human imperfection (or is it perfection?) that Jean-Pierre Melville observes with his sharp, underground sadomasochistic vignettes, right before letting a torturing, sarcastic doubt overwhelm you, implying, among other things, that the search for the Divine is really good (...), but also leaves a sour taste to those who don't manage it. Ilias Dimopoulos
60th anniversary screening of the film, supported by the French Institute of Greece on the occasion of the French National Day.
ATTENDANCE TO SCREENINGS
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