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Diary of a Country Priest (1951)

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Commentary 1: Film historian Peter Cowie Rating:9.5/10 (2 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by sedna on September 9th, 2013:Find all reviews by sedna
Peter Cowie is always prepared. He approaches commentaries with great research. Filling in the listener on the history of the making of the film, the people involved, pointing out Bresson's trademark use of the 'ellipsis'. There's quite a bit said about Bresson in particular and how he approached adapting the book - the kind of things that were omitted or changed up. Cowie also cites Andre Bazin and acknowledges how Bergman would later use an aspect of this film as a plot for 'Winter Light' This is the type of a commentary which illuminates the viewer even more in every aspect and Peter Cowie seems to make it his motto as in another commentary I listened to his on 'Hiroshima mon Amour' - the listening experience was that of a nice informed lecture. This is not a spontaneous commentary, it is prepared and is very screen specific. Cowie didn't go into symbolic interpretations that tend to lose the audience and keeps it simple - not to be confused with simplistic. Very good commentary.