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Diary of a Country Priest

Robert Bresson

 
Diary of a Country Priest (Criterion DVD)

DVD

1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

Out of Print
  • France
  • 1951
  • 115 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • French
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  • Spine #222

A new priest (Claude Laydu) arrives in the French country village of Ambricourt to attend to his first parish. The apathetic and hostile rural congregation rejects him immediately. Through his diary entries, the suffering young man relays a crisis of faith that threatens to drive him away from the village and from God. With his fourth film, Robert Bresson began to implement his stylistic philosophy as a filmmaker, stripping away all inessential elements from his compositions, the dialogue and the music, exacting a purity of image and sound.

Cast

Priest of AmbricourtClaude Laydu
CountJean Riveyre
CountessMarie-Monique Arkell
Priest of TorcyAndré Guibert
Dr. DelbendeAntoine Balpêtré
ChantalNicole Ladmiral
SéraphitaMartine Lemaire
LouiseNicole Maurey
OlivierJean Danet
CanonGaston Séverin
Priest DufrétyBernard Hubrenne
HousekeeperJeanne Étiévant
Madame DumouchelGilberte Terbois
Monsieur FabragarsLéon Arvel
Deputy mayorMartial Morange

Credits

DirectorRobert Bresson
ProducersLéon Carré and Robert Sussfeld
ScreenplayRobert Bresson
Based on the novel byGeorges Bernanos
Original music byJean-Jacques Grünenwald
CinematographyLéonce-Henri Burel
Film editorPaulette Robert
Art directorPierre Charbonnier
Set decoratorRobert Turlure
Assistant directorGuy Lefranc
SoundJean Rieul

Disc Features

  • New high-definition digital transfer, with restored image and sound
  • Audio commentary by film historian Peter Cowie
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • New essay by film critic Frédéric Bonnaud
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

    New cover by Michael Boland

Film Essays

Diary of a Country Priest

By Frédéric BonnaudFebruary 02, 2004

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Bailey on Bresson

May 12, 2011

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BAZIN UNBURIED

May 14, 2009

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Film Essays

Diary of a Country Priest

By Frédéric BonnaudFebruary 02, 2004

Diary of a Country Priest is a film about imprisonment. As he carries out the duties of his . . . Read more »