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The Song of Bernadette (1943)


Written by Tim Dirks

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The Song of Bernadette (1943)

In director Henry King's inspirational film based on Franz Werfel's best-selling account:

  • the innocent wonderment of sickly French peasant girl Bernadette Soubirous/Mary Bernard (Oscar-winning Jennifer Jones)
  • the scene of her experiencing a vision of the Virgin Mary (uncredited and pregnant Linda Darnell) ("I saw a lady and she was all in white...and she wore a blue girdle and had a golden rose on each foot. I've never seen anything in my life so beautiful") in mid 19th century France
  • the dramatic ending scene when she showed doubting, vicious and jealous Sister Vauzous (Gladys Cooper) her horribly diseased bone afflicted legs when being reprimanded for not suffering enough to have been chosen to see the Virgin
  • Bernadette's death scene where she had a final visitation from the lady (who held out her arms, smiled, and said: "I love you!")
  • her death scene coupled with the film’s climactic final moment when the cold hearted, atheistic local prosecutor Vital Dutour (Vincent Price), dying of throat cancer, stood before the grotto of the Virgin and suffered a crisis of faith


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