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Song of Bernadette

Jennifer Jones , Charles Bickford , Henry King    VHS Tape
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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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There are very few "religious" films that actually achieve a sense of spirituality that makes them work for believers and non-believers alike. "The Song of Bernadette" is one of those rare films, and owes a lot of its power to the Oscar winning performance of Jennifer Jones as Bernadette Soubirous, the young French peasant girl who in 1858 saw a vision of the Virgin Mary in a grotto near the town of Lourdes. While gathering firewood with her sister and a friend, Bernadette was told by the "beautiful lady" to return to the grotto every day for fifteen days. The common folk of Lourdes come to belief in young Bernadette's visions, while the authorities try to put a stop to the nonsense, and the church keeps its distance for the moment.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST FILM OF 1943!! March 20 2004
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"The Song of Bernadette", released in 1943 was defeated in the Academy Award department by an inferior film, "Casablanca". This film is far superior with one of the finest casts ever assembled for a Hollywood motion picture. The story is enthralling and Jones' deservedly won the academy award for her outstanding portrayal of the poverty stricken asthmatic peasant girl favored at Lourdes in 1858 with eighteen apparations of the Blessed Virgin.
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!!
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Called "The Sleeping Saint of Nevers", simple peasant girl Bernadette Soubirous gained the world's attention when on an excursion to collect firewood near her home in 1858 she claimed to see a vision of the Holy Mother in a sheltered Grotto. The world wide controversy and the birth of Lourdes as a sacred sight for pilgrims seeking salvation made her story a wonderful basis for a possible film about this puzzling occurence. While Bernadette received alot of ridicule during her lifetime, being labelled a liar and a madwoman by many, this beautiful movie from Twentieth Century Fox presents her story in a touching, non sentimental and objective manner.It not only treated her experience with reverence but produced a fine balanced and beautifully acted classic that is still one of the best religious films ever produced by Hollywood. Jennifer Jones as Bernadette is remarkable and her total grasp of the character, full of wide eyed innocence but inner strength in her beliefs is an astoundingly mature piece of acting for a girl so young at the time of filming.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by John B. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
one of my favourites
Published 2 months ago by Mary DeMaere
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Movie
A beautiful movie that will bring you closer to our Mother.
Published 3 months ago by Joni Jarman
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Inspirational
I read the book and loved it. I found that the movie is very well done and was very much like the book.
Published 5 months ago by Y. Lavoie
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice film
True story and well done. I would have like to have the french language or at least the sub-titles in French.
Published 6 months ago by colinette
5.0 out of 5 stars Song of Bernadette VHS
This is a BLACK and WHITE movie made by Hollywood in the days when actors/actresses had to act and writers had to write because
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Published 6 months ago by Cyril Michaud
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Movie
Just saw the this movie and loved it.Its truly wonderful to watch over and over.Its a movie of an innocent child who's faith had open the eyes of others who lack faith in there... Read more
Published 6 months ago by janette
5.0 out of 5 stars The Song of Bernadette
Love this movie! The simplicity was truly wonderful and it is very inspiring for someone back in the day to stand up for what they believe in. Highly recommend this movie!!!
Published 7 months ago by Grace Butler
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Flick!
Very moving and inspiring movie made the way only the old studio masters could make 'em. A movie you can watch over and over.
Published 8 months ago by wayne
5.0 out of 5 stars Andre& Friends- live in Maastricht An The DVD of THR SONG OF...
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Published 9 months ago by harrie
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