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July 20, 2009

The Song of Bernadette (1943) – Film Review

Filed under: Film Review,Uncategorized — smackamack @ 6:37 pm


Plot: In 1858 France, Bernadette, an adolescent peasant girl, has a vision of “a beautiful lady” in the city dump. She never claims it to be anything other than this, but the townspeople all assume it to be the virgin Mary. The pompous government officials think she is nuts, and do their best to suppress the girl and her followers, and the church wants nothing to do with the whole matter. But as Bernadette attracts wider and wider attention, the phenomenon overtakes everyone in the the town, and transforms their lives.

BernadetteI was interested to see this film because I have always enjoyed the story.  I first heard about Saint Bernadette when they dug up her body and supposedly it wasn’t decompossed.  Miracle?  Magic?  Who knows! 

Anyway, the film was absolutely charming.  The story was magical, the acting was great, and the fact that it’s a true story is even better.

I highly recommend this film if you like old classics.  It is a little long, but it’s definitely worth it.  Not to mention, the actress who plays Bernadette (Jennifer Jones) is absolutely stunning!  The real Bernadette looks kinda fugly in pictures…



I give this movie 4/5 stars.   



The real Saint Bernadette...

The real Saint Bernadette...


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