Song of Bernadette, the
Jennifer Jones plays the legendary French peasant who claimed to have dialogues with the Virgin Mary at a Lourdes grotto in 1858. The script handles the visitations as an article of truth (Linda Darnell plays the Virgin), which helps move the drama forward, though much of the story concerns the conflicts that arise in the community after Jones is told the grotto contains healing waters. Made by Henry King (The Snows of Kilimanjaro), the film is gorgeous to look at and sensitively directed; and Jones (who won an Oscar for Best Actress) is radiant in the lead. Whatever one's religious persuasion, this is a strikingly handsome Hollywood production to be enjoyed. The film also earned Academy Awards for cinematography and score. --Tom Keogh
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As Bernadette, Jones is the calm center at the heart of the storm. The scenes in which Bernadette sees the Lady (an unbilled and pregnant Linda Darnell) are presented by director Henry King with a elegant simplicity. Bernadette has a strong and simple faith, which is how she is able to endure the battering by those around her. It is in her victory over these opponents that make this story work, and Bernadette's opponents are a superb cast of supporting players. Charles Bickford is Peyramale Dean of Lourdes, who has to deal with the idea that this lazy and less than intelligent peasant girl has seen the Virgin Mother, Vincent Price the cold hearted local prosecutor Dutour, Lee J. Cobb as the reasonable and scientific Dr. Dozous, Anne Revere as Bernadett's mother, and Gladys Cooper as Sister Vauzous, the nun whose jealousy of Bernadette has quite an emotional payoff in the film.Read more ›
The DVD is extremely high quality. The sound and picture have been restored beautifully. There are many extras also which merit high praise....An Audio COmmentary of the picture by Jones biographer Edward Epstein, the complete A&E biography of Jones, the original theatrical trailer, a movietone newsreel with Jones presenting American GIs an award, subtitles in English and Spanish and Audio in English and Spanish.
The only complaint I have is that in the Spanish Audio the orginal Oscar Winning Musical Score has been all but replaced by a modern musical score that detracts from the film. Why they did this I will never know!!!! There was absolutely no reason for it. Thank God, though, the English version has been kept intact.
Other than this, though, the DVD is extremely high quality and will disappoint no fan of this fine motion picture.
A beautiful film, lovingly made in during Hollywood's Golden Age. This film withstands the test of time and will remain a beacon of achievement for Hollywood filmmaking forever! Enjoy!!
audiences had little to live on. It's a film about a humble girl afflicted by a malady. One day this young lady, who is minding her own
business and collecting firewood, is unexpectedly shown a vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary. She tells the young Bernadette
Soubirous to come to this spot for 15 days. Following The Lady's instructions, Bernadette seeks out a source or spring near the
apparition. Many afflicted will be cured from that day forward by touching or drinking of this Holy Water. Later B. Soubirous will enter
a convent where her humbleness will guide her. She is offered a trip back to Lourdes to get cured but turns it down thinking she is not
worthy or that The Lady has not instructed her to do so. St. Bernadette represents all the brave afflicted children around The World
who don't complain and go about their lives. I bought this particular movie for Easter. It is a wonderful story.
Based on the novel by Franz Werfel, Fox adapted it into a beautiful screenplay dealing with Bernadette's vision of "a beautiful lady", near her home and the everlasting consequences of that for both herself and the world. The film starts off by filling us in with some of the background of this quite ordinary french peasant girl, who struggled to learn her catecism at school and was a good but not extraordinary daughter to struggling parents Francois and Louise Soubirous (Roman Bohnen and Anne Revere). The families lives are changed forever after Bernadette arrives home one afternoon strangely different claiming that she saw a vision of the Holy Mother in a nearby grotto.Read more ›
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A very touching and moving story that people of faith will particularly enjoy. The actress who played Bernadette was brilliant and the supporting cast were some very well... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kelly D. Bryson
Wonderful story of Bernadette Soubirous. A great movie for religious collectors. B&W gave it a believable and wonderful feeling...Published 9 months ago by P.E.B.
A touching, albeit very sad story about a modern day saint. Jennifer Jones is absolutely amazing in this film. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Geraldine