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Diary of a Country Priest

Diary of a Country Priest

A Feature film by Robert Bresson

Produced by Union Générale Cinématographique (UGC)

Release in France : 07/02/1951


    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.

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    Actors (15)

    Production and distribution (3)

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    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.

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    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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    France (100.0%)

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    100% French (France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 50 min

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    Posters (1)



    Festival Selections (2)

    Awards (2)

    Venice International Film Festival  - 1951

    Venice International Film Festival (Italy, 1951)

    Awards (2)

    International Award - Best Actress

    OCIC Award

    French Syndicate of Cinema Critics - 1951

    French Syndicate of Cinema Critics (1951)


    French Syndicate of Cinema Critics Price