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DIARY OF A COUNTRY PRIEST

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(1951) Young curé Claude Laydu bicycles to his first parish in rural France, where he’s promised electricity in just a few months, the schoolchildren play practical jokes on him, and he’s criticized for his austere diet of bread and heavily sugared wine. But even as he begins to doubt himself, he grows in spiritual and moral authority. Adaptation of Georges Bernanos’ classic novel ushered in Bresson’s mature style.

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"ONE OF THE MOST PROFOUND EMOTIONAL EXPERIENCES IN THE HISTORY OF FILM!"
– Pauline Kael

"A MASTERPIECE! Its every sound and image unobtrusively precise, Diary of a Country Priest is a movie of emphatic understatement: contemplative yet abrupt, eloquent and blunt, oblique but lucid...
Few artists since the Renaissance have so convincingly wed the aesthetic to the spiritual."

– J. Hoberman, The Village Voice

"SHOULD NOT BE PASSED UP! An enterprise of great pith and moment in the history of cinema."
– Anthony Lane, The New Yorker

“One of the few indisputable masterpieces of post-WWII French cinema.”
– Tony Pipolo

"The narrative simplicity and direct, non-actorly performances Bresson would refine in later works first come into focus here. One of Martin Scorsese’s favorite films, this is arguably Bresson’s most straightforward declaration of faith — but even the most skeptical viewer will find its emotion powerful and its depiction of human suffering free of cant or sentimentality."
– Andrew O'Hehir, Salon