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July 31, 2012
The Song of Bernadette is a beautiful film told through the eyes of a young, innocent and gullable girl.

At a time when poverty plagues Bernadettes family and the entire village's faith is lost. Mother Mary who comes to Bernadette in a vision, promises hope, and helps bring restoration of belief back to the people. The film isn't a preaching lesson about God but simply a story based on actual events that supposively toke place to help inspire audiences in someway of another with there own problems. The films worth a look even if your not baptized Catholic or believe in god. The message is clear: when you have beliefs don't allow others to take that away from you. As Ceasar would say: "what you will not allow to let go- no one can ever take from you!".
June 22, 2012
Jennifer Jones is wonderful in this nice religious film that is a bit long. Nicely done but a bit over the top.
May 5, 2012
Slightly dated, but still sporadically fascinating tale, taken place during the 19th century, of a peasant girl (Jennifer Jones) who believes she has direct connections to God. She spreads her belief to those in her town, which draws polarizing reactions from her family, friends, and many others. This includes a political and religious expert (Vincent); and a doctor (Lee J. Cobb), who both seems very interested in examining the behaviour of the young peasant girl. Odd and also a bit lengthy in terms of running time to say the least, but not usually boring. Since it was filmed in black and white photography, that helps the film age better with time, and the imagery is quite intriguing. Jones' performance is adequate as well (although I don't know if it was particularly worthy of the Best Actress Oscar).
½ April 11, 2012
Fine story about Saint Bernadette Soubirous having visions of the Virgin Mary in the 1800s and mocking, disbelief and cynicism she encountered. It felt somewhat overlong, but it was beautifully photographed and it featured fine performances by Jennifer Jones and especially by Vincent Price, who it's always a treat to see in non-horror films.
April 8, 2012
Absolutely, positevilly, beautiful!
Personally, I hate Jennifer Jones *as a person* but she is lovely in this part.
March 4, 2012
it has been Allameh Jafari's favorite film
I have to watch it...:)
January 1, 2012
Whatever one's religious faith, this is a beautiful old Hollywood production to be enjoyed. No wonder it led all movies with 12 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, in 1943. The film owes a lot of its power to the Oscar winning performance of Jennifer Jones as Bernadette Soubirous, the young French peasant girl who saw a vision of the Virgin Mary in a grotto near the town of Lourdes.
½ December 10, 2011
Good acting and a strong leading lady makes this religious based film worth watching.
August 10, 2011
A rather long, annoying and outdated religious movie with a black-and-white perspective: the young pious, innocent, poor, simple girl Bernadette, who sees a virgin Mary no one else can see, versus the evil enlightened local French elite. If you're a Roman Catholic and you simply want to hear Catholicism is the one and only belief, blessed by the one and only God and his Mother, this is your kind of movie. If you're in for a bit of a religious challenge, you better watch 'Lourdes' (2009) by Jessica Hausner.
½ August 7, 2011
I cannot promise to make you happy in this world, only in the next.

In the small town of Lourdes, France a young girl named Bernadette Soubirous attends a Christian school and is considered one of the lesser students. One inauspicious day while doing her chores she sees a vision of the Virgin Mary. Initially, the people of France are skeptical of her claims; however, when she uncovers a stream that miraculously cures numerous people in France, even the Pope is forced to claim she is indeed a Saint. Those that appose Bernadette will stop at nothing to prove she is a phony.

"You can't handle people like this with silk gloves and fancy words."

Henry King, director of Carousel, The Snows of Kilimanjaro, Untamed, The Gunfighter, Twelve O'clock High, The Black Swan (1942), and Hell Harbor, delivers The Song of Bernadette. The storyline for this picture is very interesting and unpredictable. The characters are fascinating and well written and the cast delivers remarkable performances. The cast includes Vincent Price, Jennifer Jones, Charles Bickford, William Eythe, and Lee Cobb.

"You must learn to expect nothing from god, so when you get nothing, you're not disappointed."

I am not a religious person at all; however, I found this religious storyline compelling and very entertaining. The underlining religious tone of the film did not detract from the characters and evolution of the picture. The conclusion was also solid and ends the film perfectly. This is definitely a worthwhile movie.

"To think that one stupid girl could cause so much trouble."

Grade: A
July 27, 2011
This just isn't my type of movie.
July 16, 2011
It was a nice movie, but the quality of the CD was so terrible that it took away from the enjoyment of the movie. I'll have to watch it again sometime to really appreciate it.
May 8, 2011
The story itself is fascinating, and it's told rather well. Jennifer Jones' performance is wonderful as is Vincent Price. Unfortuantely, one problem with the film is the ending drags and feels much longer than it needs to be.
March 22, 2011
Too saccharine and way too long.
March 5, 2011
Great movie to watch;)
February 5, 2011
A very strong prestige pic from Fox, showcasing the talents of everyone involved. Henry King, along with his DP, crafts some magnificent, highly evocative images, and he's helped by a top-notch ensemble, including career-best turns from Jennifer Jones and Gladys Cooper, as well as Lee J. Cobb, Anne Revere, Charles Bickford, and an underrated Vincent Price. Alfred Newman's score is a little overbearing, but still effective when needs be. There are a few sequences which are really very strong, especially when Bernadette discovers the spring.
½ October 20, 2010
The film is not a great achievement, but the sincere and touching performance by jennifer jones makes it wonderful and powerful, even entertaining.
the film keeps you waiting for her performance in every scene, like brando's in a streetcar named desire...she was marvelous.
Super Reviewer
½ October 13, 2010
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!
½ September 24, 2010
Well casted, well directed, and apparently very true to the historical accounts of the event.
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