(aka "Diary of a Country Priest")

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France 1951

Robert Bresson, in his fourth film, explores one man's crisis of faith through a simple story of frequent narration where 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 his internal theological confrontation that threatens to drive him away from the village... and from God. Director Bresson began to implement his stylistic philosophy as a filmmaker, stripping away all non-essential elements from his compositions, the dialogue and the music, exacting a purity of image and sound. This film language leaves us with nothing except to bond with our protagonist. This can be seen as cinema in one of its purist forms.out of

Gary W. Tooze

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Theatrical Release: February 7th - 1951

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DVD Review: Criterion -  Region 0 - NTSC

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Distribution Criterion Collection Spine # 222 -  Region 0 - NTSC
Runtime 1:55:32  
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.45 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
 

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Audio French (Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono)
Subtitles English, None
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Release Information:
Studio: Criterion / Home Vision

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

  • 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 

DVD Release Date: February 3rd, 2004
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Chapters: 27

Comments:
This has been a highly anticipated title for film fans for many years - once again in the hands of Criterion we were confident justice would be done. There is a lot of good film grain here. The contrast level is again soft and subtle but very sharp - typically Criterion. There is a commentary by Peter Cowie and liner essay by  Frédéric Bonnaud. I suppose the only complaint is that it could have been on 2 discs - crammed with Criterion's usual Extras. - Being a Bresson film though, with stripped away elements - it only seems appropriate. We never doubted for a minute that Criterion wouldn't come through with their usual stratospheric quality.  out of      

Gary W. Tooze

 


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