The Song of Bernadette

The Song of Bernadette

DVD - 2003
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The story of a young French girl who claims to see a vision of the Virgin Mary near her town of Lourdes, and the consequences of that event.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, Calif. : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, c2003.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 156 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in. --

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Aka_Aka_Aka Sep 28, 2016

Set in the year 1858 - The Song of Bernadette recounts the life of Saint Bernadette of Lourdes. This story is actually based on documented events that really took place at a nearby grotto (garbage dump) just outside the French village of Lourdes.

Bernadette's "vision" at the grotto was clearly described by her (right down to the last detail) as being that of a "lady". Bernadette never once claimed that this vision was, in fact, the Virgin Mary. This was done thanks to the ignorant, over-excited townsfolk who had the sickness of "religion-on-the-brain".

As expected - The political and religious "experts" of Lourdes refused to accept the validity of Bernadette's inexplicable visions, outright. Their fierce public renouncement of her backfired right into their smug, little faces, turning the whole situation into a political hot-potato.

It's no surprise that actress, Jennifer Jones won a well-deserved Oscar for her awesome portrayal of this naive peasant girl of 16 who experienced a series of supernatural (or "miraculous") visions.

(*Movie video-clip included*)

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wiredonjava
Aug 30, 2014

Bernadette's a space cadet

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akirakato
Aug 01, 2014

This is a 1943 drama that tells the story of Saint Bernadette Soubirous, who from February to July 1858 in Lourdes, France, reported eighteen visions of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The film was adapted by George Seaton from a novelization of Bernadette's story, written by Franz Werfel.
The novel was published in 1941 and was extremely popular, spending more than a year on the New York Times Best Seller list and thirteen weeks heading the list.
Jennifer Jones won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance.
For those who believe in God, no explanation is necessary.
For those who do not belive in God, no explanation is possible.
Since I don't belive in God, the story is a fairly tale, but the film appears fascinating and Jeniffer Jones's performance turns out to be superb.

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forever_ice17
Mar 06, 2014

Really interesting story. Jennifer Jones is so sweet and earnest; there is no doubt that she is telling the truth. Vincent Price was great. I had a problem with the music, but it doesn't distract from the movie.

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Janice21383
Jun 10, 2012

Teenager attains sainthood; founds shrine/spa, apparently by accident. The film is smarter and more subtle than one would expect, but inevitably devolves into a simple peasant girl vs. stuffy church officials and nasty atheists saga. I am no Jennifer Jones fan, but she does a decent job portraying the unportrayable. Also notable are Vincent Price as the sniffley prosecutor, and Gladys Cooper as the original seething nun. EXTRAS: Believer and film critic Donald Spoto's awestruck commentary hardly distinguishes between Miss Jones and the saint, or even the Holy Virgin Herself.

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