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The Song of Bernadette (1943) was a Biographical - Drama Film directed by Henry King and produced by William Perlberg.

The film was based on the novel of the same name written by Franz Werfel published in 1941 (English trans 1942).

Academy Awards 1943 --- Ceremony Number 16 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Supporting ActorCharles BickfordNominated
Best ActressJennifer JonesWon
Best Supporting ActressGladys CooperNominated
Best Supporting ActressAnne RevereNominated
Best Art DirectionArt Direction: James Basevi, William Darling; Interior Decoration: Thomas LittleWon
Best CinematographyArthur MillerWon
Best DirectorHenry KingNominated
Best Film EditingBarbara McLeanNominated
Best Music - ScoringAlfred NewmanWon
Best WritingGeorge SeatonNominated
Best Picture20th Century-FoxNominated
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The Song of Bernadette (1943) (2)

on Dec 2, 2013 From Journeys in Classic Film

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? Originally published April 17th, 2013 Easter’s come and gone, and I generally don’t celebrate the holiday by watching movies; that’s going to change today! ?Twilight Time’s latest release is The Song of Berna... Read full article


The Song of Bernadette (1943) (1)

on Apr 17, 2013 From Journeys in Classic Film

Easter’s come and gone, and I generally don’t celebrate the holiday by watching movies; that’s going to change today! ?Twilight Time has released The Song of Bernadette, the 1943 Oscar nominated film that gave Jennifer Jones her first (and only) Oscar for Best Actress. ?The win is ... Read full article


The Song of Bernadette

By Alyson on Apr 13, 2010 From The Best Picture Project

In 1858 a young French peasant girl claimed to have seen a beautiful woman and miracles started happening in the little village of Lourdes.? Today, that young girl is a saint and this is her story. When we first meet Bernadette, she is always sick due to her asthma and one of the worst students in h... Read full article


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Bernadette: The spring is not for me.


Dutour: If I understand you correctly, Doctor, science then excludes fraud; it excludes mental disease, and it excludes a miraculous occurrence. I venture then to ask science, what is left?
Dr. Dozous: Yes, what IS left?


Empress Eugenie: You're an atheist, Louis!
Emperor Louis Napoleon III: That's the most stupid thing a sovereign could be.


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Facts about

Using an actress to play "the lady" was controversial enough, and further controversy fulminated when Loretta Young was passed over in favour of sultry Linda Darnell. At that time, Darnell had an almost pornographic reputation. Franz Werfel, the author of the book on which the film was based, threatened to remove his name from the project. To make matters worse, Darnell was pregnant. Nothing would change Darryl F. Zanuck's mind, and Werfel was told that an unknown actress was chosen. Wearing a little more drapery than the simple dress and veil described by the historical Bernadette, Darnell played the role in bright light.
The film played continuously at a special theater in Lourdes dedicated to it exclusively.
Henry King himself directed the screen tests, instructing his actresses to look beyond the camera at a shining light. Jennifer Jones was the immediate front runner, as - according to King - she didn't just look, she saw.
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