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Monthly Archives: November 2011

A young Claude Laydu, in Diary of a Country Priest.

A belated “R.I.P.” goes out to Claude Laydu, who I just learned died earlier this year. Laydu is best known for being the lead actor in Robert Bresson’s 1950 landmark Diary of a Country Priest. If you care about fine cinema and haven’t seen this film yet, do yourself a favor and check it out–it’s a masterpiece.

Laydu is quite convincing as the troubled Priest of Ambricourt and like any truly great performance it’s hard to imagine anyone else filling those shoes. I haven’t seen his subsequent work but he did go on to act in a number of other films and then write and produce with his wife a popular puppet show for French television called Good Night, Little Ones. The Guardian publication in the UK wrote a nice obituary here.

An older Claude Laydu, posing with a couple of puppets from Good Night, Little Ones.

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