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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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Dr. Dozous: I asked her 'Do you know what a sinner is?' And she answered, 'Certainly, Monsieur. A sinner is one who loves evil'. That's quite a good answer. What pleased me is that she said 'loves', and not 'does'.


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?


Bishop of Tarbes: [he has ordered that the grotto be closed until the Emperor gives the order to open it] I wonder, my dear Peyramale, who will win - the Emperor or the Lady?


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Anne Baxter, Teresa Wright and Gene Tierney were all tested for the lead role. Another actress in the running was Linda Darnell, who ultimately landed the role of the Virgin Mary.
The intermission break, omitted from the DVD release, comes at the point where Antoine runs from the grotto back to the village to tell the others about the spring that has just appeared. The second half begins when the stonecutter visits the doctor.
The Imperial Prosecutor Vital Dutour (played by Vincent Price) who investigates Bernadette's visions, is portrayed in the movie as an atheist and anti-religious persecutor. In real life, however, Dutour was a devout Catholic who thought that Bernadette Soubirous's visions were hallucinations.
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