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Diary of a Country Priest

Diary of a Country Priest

A Feature film by Robert Bresson

Produced by Ugc

Release in France : 07/02/1951

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Actors (15)

Production and distribution (3)

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French distribution :

Alliance Générale de Distribution Cinématographique (AGDC)

Film exports/foreign sales :

StudioCanal Films Limited

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In Ambricourt, a young Priest (Claude Laydu) arrives to be the local parish priest. The community of the small town does not accept him, and although having a serious disease in the stomach, the inexperienced and frail priest tries to help the dwellers, and has a situation with the wealthy family of the location.

Source : IMDb


Diary of a Country Priest (original French title: Journal d'un curé de campagne) is a 1951 French film directed by Robert Bresson, and starring Claude Laydu. It was closely based on the novel of the same name by Georges Bernanos. Published in 1937, the novel received the Grand prix du roman de l'Académie française. It tells the story of a young, sickly priest, who has just arrived in his first parish, a village in northern France. The novel has been translated to English by Pamela Morris and was published the same year as the French original.

Two other French scriptwriters, Jean Aurenche and Pierre Bost had wanted to make film adaptations of the novel. Bernanos rejected Aurenche's first draft, and by the time Bresson got around to the task, Bernanos had died. Bresson said he "would have taken more liberties" if Bernanos were still alive. The film had considerable influences on Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver.

Source : Wikipedia.

Full credits (13)

Assistant Director :

Guy Lefranc

Author of original work :

Georges Bernanos

Line Producer :

Robert Sussfeld

Director of Photography :

Léonce-Henri Burel

Editor :

Paulette Robert

Production Designer :

Pierre Charbonnier

Still Photographers :

Roger Corbeau, Robert Juillard

Dialogue Writer :

Robert Bresson

Producer :

André Halley des Fontaines

Screenwriter :

Robert Bresson

Sound Recordist :

Jean Rieul

Continuity supervisor :

Odette Lemarchand

Music Composer :

Jean Dalve

Technical details

Feature film

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Psychological drama

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Nationality :

100% French (France)

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Runtime :

1 h 50 min

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Black & White

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Posters (1)


Festival Selections

Venice International Film Festival  - 1951

Venice International Film Festival (Italy, 1951)


Official Competition

Awards (2)

Venice International Film Festival  - 1951

Venice International Film Festival (Italy, 1951)

Awards (2)

OCIC Award

International Award - Best Actress

French Syndicate of Cinema Critics - 1951

French Syndicate of Cinema Critics (1951)


French Syndicate of Cinema Critics Price