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The Song of Bernadette (1943)

Approved | | Biography, Drama | April 1945 (USA)
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 »

Director:

Henry King

Writers:

George Seaton (screenplay), Franz Werfel (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Jones ... Bernadette Soubirous
Charles Bickford ... Father Peyramale
Vincent Price ... Prosecutor Vital Dutour
Lee J. Cobb ... Dr. Dozous
Gladys Cooper ... Sister Marie Therese Vauzous
Anne Revere ... Louise Soubirous
Roman Bohnen ... François Soubirous
Mary Anderson ... Jeanne Abadie
Patricia Morison ... Empress Eugenie
Aubrey Mather ... Mayor Lacade
Charles Dingle ... Jacomet
Edith Barrett ... Croisine Bouhouhorts
Sig Ruman ... Louis Bouriette
Blanche Yurka ... Aunt Bernarde Casterot
Ermadean Walters Ermadean Walters ... Marie Soubirous
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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 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! See more »

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Biography | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

April 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Franz Werfel's The Song of Bernadette See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

| (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on April 11, 1949 with Charles Bickford reprising his film role. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Peyramale: [to Bernadette] Wake up! Now! Else life is at an end for you. You are playing with fire, Bernadette.
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Crazy Credits

And Introducing (by arrangement with David O. Selznick) Jennifer Jones as Bernadette See more »

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Referenced in The Closer You Get (2000) See more »

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A story of unrelenting faith
30 December 2004 | by AppleBlossomSee all my reviews

The 'Song of Bernadette' gives us (as viewers) a little insight into the life of one of the best known saints in the Catholic religion….'St Bernadette'. It was from Bernadette's efforts and deep faith, the spring of healing waters at Lourdes were given to us. From Our Lady and through Bernadette the spring started to flow….to this very day it continues to help the faithful who are sick and disabled.

A beautifully scripted film, it tells the story of Bernadette Soubirous, a young French girl who was chosen above all others to bestow her eyes on the Mother of Christ. One day in a grotto in the province of Lourdes France she has a vision of Our Lady – The Immaculate Conception. The Story follows her journey from poor peasant girl till she enters the convent.

One of the many reasons why I love this film is because of the sincerity and unrelenting faith one person can have, faced with so much doubt and ridicule shown by others. The performance of Jennifer Jones is flawless, proved in the fact she received an Oscar for her efforts. The other cast members were brilliant too; each individual character portrayed their role with conviction. So many wonderful actors; Anne Revere, Vincent Price, Charles Bickford, Lee J. Cobb and Gladys Cooper in support. The production, especially the set designs give a realism to the actual time period of France in the 1800's. Altogether this film accumulated 4 Academy Awards, and 3 of them unsurprisingly going to production; Cinematography, Art Direction and Best Musical Score. I give it a well deserved 9/10.


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