Film - Feature | March 3 | 7:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Introduction and Post-screening Discussion by Tony Pipolo
Claude Laydu, Nicole Maurey, Jean Riveyre, André Guibert,
Georges Bernanoss novel concerns a young country priest who, in his simplicity and purity, suffers the scorn of his parishioners. Bresson faithfully adapted the novel to the screen, using Bernanoss original dialogue and diary entries; what he cut from the novel seems only to add to this fidelity. The essence of Bressons film écriture, the narrative is punctuated by images of the priests journal accompanied by a low-toned voice-over reading. Episode by episode, in his loneliness and then in illness, like stages of the cross, the priest progresses through pain to grace. Claude Laydu, a Swiss stage actor, fasted for periods in order to achieve the authenticity of his role, which is one of exterior passivity and interior strength. He effects Bressons most intimate excursion into the soul, and what Gavin Lambert called the directors exalted pessimism.
- Judy Bloch
Free for Cal Student Film Pass holders | $7 BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students | $8 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, retirees; non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, 18 & under, disabled persons | $12 General admission