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The Song of Bernadette (1943)

 -  Biography | Drama  -  April 1945 (USA)
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In 1858 France, Bernadette, an adolescent peasant girl, has a vision of "a beautiful lady" in the city dump. She never claims it to be anything other than this, but the townspeople all ... See full summary »

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In 1858 France, Bernadette, an adolescent peasant girl, has a vision of "a beautiful lady" in the city dump. She never claims it to be anything other than this, but the townspeople all assume it to be the virgin Mary. The pompous government officials think she is nuts, and do their best to suppress the girl and her followers, and the church wants nothing to do with the whole matter. But as Bernadette attracts wider and wider attention, the phenomenon overtakes everyone in the the town, and transforms their lives. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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Here is greatness . . . wonder . . . and majesty . . . no human words can describe!

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Also Known As:

Franz Werfel's The Song of Bernadette  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Using an actress to play "the lady" was controversial enough, and further controversy fulminated when Loretta Young was passed over in favour of sultry Linda Darnell. At that time, Darnell had an almost pornographic reputation. Franz Werfel, the author of the book on which the film was based, threatened to remove his name from the project. To make matters worse, Darnell was pregnant. Nothing would change Darryl F. Zanuck's mind, and Werfel was told that an unknown actress was chosen. Wearing a little more drapery than the simple dress and veil described by the historical Bernadette, Darnell played the role in bright light. See more »

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When Bernadette's sisters hike their skirts to cross the river, one of them is obviously wearing 1940s panties. See more »

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Mother Superior: Well, Doctor?
Dr. St. Cyr: Well, in addition to the large tumor on the knee, she has tuberculosis of the bone. She has never complained of pain?
Mother Superior: No. Sister?
Sister Marie Therese Verzous: [stunned by the news] She never mentioned it.
Dr. St. Cyr: I can't understand it. She's had this affliction for a long time, and the constant pain and suffering associated with this disease is almost too horrible to describe.
Sister Marie Therese Verzous: [Sister Marie Therese looks as if she had been struck a violent blow and walks off as if under a trance]
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The credits say "Introducing Jennifer Jones as Bernadette", even though Jones had already appeared in several films under her real name, Phyllis Isley. See more »

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Heaven Still Calls us to Make God Primary in Our Lives
24 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a true story. Why do I say so? Its evidence located and found in all the newspaper archives in this and surrounding towns in that time. Thousands of local retold accounts come together here.

Franz Werfel, a Jew, escaping from the Nazis was pursued across Europe and delayed just short of fleeing to freedom across the Spanish border. He laid low in a small border town at the foot of the Pyranees Mountains, unable to cross for all the border closures by Nazi sympathizers. He knew nothing of a great story which took place some 85 years earlier [1858] in the little town in which he was in hiding known as Lourdes. Franz learned of this piece of local history while staying in Lourdes, and made a pact with God, that if he were made able to cross into Spain, and henceforth make passage to America, he would write this story and make it known throughout the world.

Soon he found a way to the United States, and within a few weeks, he had begun his historical account, meticulously researched. His book is titled: "The Song of Bernadette." The movie does copious justice to the book. See it. You'll love the message of faith. Heaven is powerful, and we are God's children.


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