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The Song of Bernadette (1943)

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Release Date: Dec 21, 1943 Wide

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The Song of Bernadette is a reverent recounting of the life of St. Bernadette of Lourdes. As a teen-aged peasant girl growing up in the tiny French village of Lourdes in the 19th century, Bernadette (Jennifer Jones) experiences a vision of the Virgin Mary in a nearby grotto. At least, she believes that she did. The religious and political "experts" of the region cannot accept the word of a silly little girl, and do their best to get her to renounce her claims. Bernadette's vision becomes a

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George Seaton

Jun 3, 2003

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Jennifer Jones won the Best Actress Oscar for this stodgy spiritual biopic of the French girl who saw visions of Virgin Mary in 19th century France.

March 19, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

If your spiritual tuning fork doesn't already hum to The Song of Bernadette's sentimental religiosity, this is an overlong (156 minutes), overpious, and often kitschy hagiography.

April 5, 2006 Full Review Source: DVDJournal.com | Comment (1)
DVDJournal.com

Over-produced, quasi-religious historical drama.

November 24, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Based on the historical novel by Jewish author Franz Werfel, the beloved classic The Song of Bernadette stands head and shoulders over most religiously themed fare from Hollywood’s golden age.

July 18, 2003 Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide
Decent Films Guide

The Song of Bernadette is not a great film, but it is a very good film. It is characteristic of the kind of earnest prestige or super-spectacle picture that was always a stumbling block for an art form built on commerce and exploitation, but it is

July 9, 2003 Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Like most DVD offerings in this very fine series from Fox, the transfer is pristine.

June 26, 2003 Full Review
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Audience Reviews for The Song of Bernadette

I loved this movie, it's one of my favourite movies about saints. Jones gives a fantastic performance, and you get to see Vincent Price in an early small role. It's such a great story, and it's true!
October 13, 2010
ajv2688

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Great Spiritual Film.
August 5, 2010
smith44

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years ago, local television in chicago, a town heavy with catholics, made a big deal out of a film representation of the miracle at lourdes, france, something i had never heard of or knew about. the lead actress demonstrated through the story the power of simple faith...and i learned from that performance, i learned about the power of art to transform lives. and the lead actress, in the meager performance of her duties, lead that class in my book. she died today, 12-17-2009, Jennifer Jones, and i never got the chance to personally thank her.
thank you, Jennifer.
December 17, 2009
ApeneckFletcher

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Jennifer Jones' portrayal of a young woman encountering the Virgin Mary at Lourdes is meant to be inspiring but nowadays gives a performance that makes you think she is looking for the Great Pumpkinhead. Ultimately believers are going to believe and skeptics will be skeptics. This film won't change any of that.
March 31, 2014
John Ballantine

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    1. Bernarde Casterot: She SEES this lady. No one else does. Who are you to say that she is wrong and you are right? She may well be a heavenly creature... You will go with her! All the women of the family must stand by her side. I'll come. And when I walk with her... let anyone dare to laugh!
    – Submitted by Francis L (2 years ago)
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