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.
via The Song of Bernadette (1943) – Plot Summary.
User Reviews: This is now one of my 10 favorite movies ever. 1 August 1999 | by Edward Curtis (Morgantown, WV)
I recently bought this movie, and just finished watching it the first time. All I can say is, WOW! Why doesn’t Hollywood make movies like this anymore? I know, there’s more money in showing gratuitous sex and violence…at least that’s what they tell themselves. But for my hard-earned dough, nothing tops a film about the purity and innocence of faith, and that’s what ‘The Song of Bernadette’ is all about. It’s also good for quite a few laughs, as you see the imperial prosecutor’s scheming against Bernadette fail time and time again. 🙂
My only complaint is that toward the end of the movie, I found myself wondering what was left to tell. Thankfully, I liked the answer and won’t be complaining next time I watch it.
This film is a must-see, especially for my fellow Catholics. It’s made my top 10 list…why not give it a chance to make yours?
I love this movie. The cast are brilliant. The story is so engaging and the display of the honesty and innocence of Bernadette is portrayed so well by Jennifer Jones. Being in black and white just makes it that much more of a classic.