Claude Laydu in Diary of a Country Priest (1951)
Claude Laydu in Diary of a Country Priest (1951)
Diary of a Country Priest (1951)

The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present

Diary of a Country Priest

Robert Bresson | France | 1951 | PG

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Wed 15 Mar 2023

This starkly beautiful tale of a young dying priest achieves a sense of cinematic spirituality on a par with Dreyer’s The Passion of Joan of Arc. The first fully Bressonian film is an adaptation of the celebrated novel by Georges Bernanos (Mouchette and Under the Sun of Satan) in which some non-actors (models), natural sound, pared-down images and real locations are used to externalise the solitude and inner anguish of the characters. Bresson’s exquisitely stylised direction marks one of the finest literary adaptations ever made. A core influence on the writing and direction of Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver).

Format: DCP
Language: French with English subtitles
Source: Studio Canal
Runtime: 116 mins

Event duration

116 mins




Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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Although Robert Bresson (1901–99) made only 13 features over 40 years, there is perhaps no other body of work in cinema history more marked by a director’s personality, sensibility or style...

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