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John M. Stahl
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 town, and transforms their lives.Written by
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Other than The Wizard of Oz (1939), "The Song of Bernadette" was one of the few pre-1950 major Hollywood films to be shown on American commercial network television before being sold to local stations. Others included the 1948 version of "Sorry Wrong Number", with Barbara Stanwyck, as well as some of David O. Selznick's releases from the 1940's such as "Portrait of Jennie" and "The Spiral Staircase". However, out of all these films, "The Wizard of Oz" is the only one that has never been sold to local stations; it is now shown on TV by Turner Broadcasting. See more »
When Bernadette and the other girls go to gather wood, the other girls cross the stream after removing their shoes and socks, at the same time telling Bernadette not to wade in the stream because the water is too cold and she is sickly. Later, she does, and the water is warm. All three are barefoot. However, when they grab their bundles of wood to run home, Bernadette has her shoes and socks back on. See more »
Your Reverence, I DID see her.
Yes, my child, you did. And you will see her again.
Perhaps I haven't suffered enough.
You've suffered enough, my child, for the Heaven of Heavens.
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The opening titles include "For those who believe in God, no explanation is necessary. For those who do not believe in God, no explanation is possible." See more »
The DVD does not contain the seven-minute Overture composed by Alfred Newman for the original roadshow release. It does, however, contain the film's Exit Music. The Overture is included on the 2-CD film soundtrack album, along with the Intermission Music and Exit Music. See more »
I'm not Catholic, but this film makes you want to believe the whole thing. I've never been so moved by a story demonstrating the incredible power of innocence and simplicity as performed by Jennifer Jones in this faithful adaptation of the true story of the now-canonized Bernadette Soubirous. Beyond this story, the sets, performances, narrative flow, and in particular, the heavenly-inspired music of Alfred Newman is nothing short of transporting. Some may find the movie overlong, but I cherished every character and angle to the story--much like enjoying the book with all of its detail. This effort demonstrates more than just the quality of the golden age of cinema and 20th Century Fox, but it adds a cast and crew clearly inspired to tell this true story like no other has been told before or since.
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