Saturday, January 22, 2011

The Song of Bernadette (1943)

A naive, young French girl, who struggles with her Bible verses, sees a vision of what she can only describe as a beautiful woman dressed in white. It is those around her who begin claim Bernadette must be seeing the Virgin Mary.

Non-violent battle lines are drawn between those who flock to the site of Bernadette's vision (in the city dump, no less), and those who wish to discredit her, including members of the local clergy.

Jennifer Jones stars as Bernadette in her first role in which she is credited by her stage name (she was born Phylis Isley). She won the Oscar for best actress here, completely convincing as the innocent-beyond-reproach Bernadette. She would go on to earn another four nominations during her career.

The film also features a 32-year-old Vincent Price.

82 to go...

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