The Song of Bernadette

The Song of Bernadette

Director: Henry King Cast: Jennifer Jones, Charles Bickford, Gladys Cooper

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Overview

The Song of Bernadette is a reverent recounting of the life of St. Bernadette of Lourdes. As a teen-aged peasant girl growing up in the tiny French village of Lourdes in the 19th century, Bernadette (Jennifer Jones) experiences a vision of the Virgin Mary in a nearby grotto. At least, she believes that she did. The religious and political "experts" of the region cannot accept the word of a silly little girl, and do their best to get her to renounce her claims. Bernadette's vision becomes a political hot potato for many years, with the authorities alternately permitting and denying the true believers' access to the grotto. No matter what the higher-ups may think of Bernadette, there is little denying that the springs of Lourdes hold some sort of recuperative powers for the sick and lame. Eventually, Bernadette dies, never faltering in her conviction that she saw the Blessed Virgin; years later, she is canonized as a saint, and the Grotto of Lourdes remains standing as a permanent shrine. The 20th Century-Fox people knew that The Song of Bernadette would whip up controversy from both the religious and the agnostic. The company took some of the "curse" off the project with a now-famous opening title: "To those who believe in God, no explanation is necessary. To those who do not believe in God, no explanation is possible." Jennifer Jones's performance in The Song of Bernadette won her the Best Actress Oscar.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/15/1995
UPC: 0086162103438
Original Release: 1943
Source: 20th Century Fox

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jennifer Jones Bernadette Soubirous
Charles Bickford Peyramaie Dean of Lourdes
Gladys Cooper Sister Vauzous
Vincent Price Dutour
Lee J. Cobb Dr. Dozous
Anne Revere Louise Soubirous
Blanche Yurka Bernarde Casterot
Mary Anderson Jeanne Abadie
William Eythe Antoine Nicolau
Edith Barrett Croisine Bouhouhorts
Aubrey Mather Lacade
Sig Rumann Louis Bouriette
Fortunio Bonanova Louis Napoleon III
Tala Birell Madame Bruat
Marcel Dalio Callet
Eula Morgan Mme. Nicolau
Jean del Val Estrade
André Charlot Bishop of Nevers
Moroni Olsen Chaplain
Louis Arco Actor
Hooper Atchley Policeman
Charley Bates Bouhouhorts' Boy
Eugene Borden Gendarme
Lionel Braham Baron Massey
Davison Clark Actor
Edward Clark Hospital Attendant
Harry Cording Stone Mason
Elvira Curci Actor
Adrienne D'Ambricourt Actor
Frank Dae Actor
Jean de Briac Actor
Harry Denny Priest
Pat Dillon Bouhouhorts' Boy
John Dilson Actor
Fernanda Eliscu Actor
Edythe Elliott Actor
Fred Essler Minister of Justice
Edward Fielding Actor
Antonio Filauri Actor
Curt Furberg Actor
Margaret Hoffman Actor
Arthur Hohl Monk
Edward Keane Actor
Frank Lackteen Actor
Charles La Torre Duran
Frank Leigh Cleric
Connie Leon Actor
Alphonse Martell Actor
Louis Mercier Huckster
Belle Mitchell Actor
Nestor Paiva Baker
Alex Papana Actor
Nino Pipitone Mayor's Secretary
Frank Reicher Dr. St. Cyr
Julian Rivero Dominican Monk
Steve Roberts Actor
Ruth Robinson Nun
Merrill Rodin Jean Soubirous
Muni Seroff Actor
George Sorel Franciscan Monk
Edwin Stanley Mr. Jones
Tom Stevenson Doctor
Minerva Urecal Actor
Charles Wagenheim Peasant
Geraldine Wall Nun
Lucille Ward Actor
Ruth Warren Actor
Cecil Weston Actor
Ian Wolfe Minister of the Interior
Irina Semochenko Actor
Armand Cortez Actor
Roman Bohnen Francois Soubirous
Nana Bryant Convent Mother Superior
Jerome Cowan Emperor Napoleon
Linda Darnell The Virgin Mary (uncredited)
Pedro de Cordoba Lecrampe
Charles Dingle Jacomet
Fritz Leiber Monk
Mae Marsh Woman
Dickie Moore Adolar
Patricia Morison Empress Eugenie
Alan Napier Psychiatrist
Alla Nazimova Actor
Edward Van Sloan Doctor
Ermadean Walters Marie Soubirous
Manart Kipper Charles Bouhouhorts

Technical Credits
Henry King Director
James Basevi Art Director
William S. Darling Art Director
Rene Hubert Costumes/Costume Designer
Frank E. Hughes Set Decoration/Design
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
Barbara McLean Editor
Arthur C. Miller Cinematographer
Alfred Newman Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
William Perlberg Producer
George Seaton Screenwriter
Fred Sersen Special Effects

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The Song of Bernadette 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
kenKV More than 1 year ago
This Catholic movie is so excellent and explains so clearly.  Thumb up!  I give five stars.
ajmc More than 1 year ago
Unparalleled and divinely beautiful. This film brings tears to my eyes every time I watch it. A faith-filled and provocatively monumental time in history woven into an intriguing movie.
peterMA More than 1 year ago
In my top 10 list of movies.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
'The Song of Bernadette' is a film that by all accounts should distill into a religious pot boiler. And yet there is something haunting, awe inspiring and yes, even stirring about this tale of a child, Bernadette Soubirous (Jennifer Jones) who, after witnessing visions of the Virgin Mary, begins to have miracles performed in the small French town of Lourdes. Jones is angelic, tenderly conveying the warmth, innocence and poignancy of someone truly touched by the hand of God. Anne Revere is cast as Bernadette¿s non-believer mother. Vincent Price turns in a wicked performance as the town magistrate who, weary that Bernadette¿s claims will insight religious fervor, threatens the child with imprisonment unless she ceases with her visions. Charles Bickford and Gladys Cooper give outstanding performances as the skeptical priest and nun who come to believe that Bernadette is divinely inspired. Truly, this is a film that requires a whole box of Kleenex to get through. It is haunting, stirring and overall life affirming. However, the transfer from Fox is poor, even though it improves upon previous VHS and Laserdisc versions. Though the B&W picture exhibits sharpness and better balancing of the gray scale the image is digitally harsh and suffers from an excessive amount of film grain. Aliasing and shimmering of fine details is evident throughout. Pixelization is another down fall. The audio has been cleaned up and is well presented. Extras include a Jennifer Jones Biography, an audio commentary, a Movietones trailer, some Fox promotional stuff for other movies in their classic series, a restoration film to video comparison that proves that at least some work was done on the transfer before sending it out to DVD and this film's original theatrical trailer.
Cecilcatholic More than 1 year ago
One of the best spiritual movies I've ever watched! I have found myself thinking about this movie weeks and weeks later. Very inspiring and motivating. I love this movie!
robgat More than 1 year ago
Far better than I remembered or expected. I rated it 5 stars without the "sexy".
Guest More than 1 year ago
i made this song myself i cant sing very good but i love to write sonds
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have never enjoyed a movie such as this, i can't begin to express the satisfaction i get, i don't like black and whites but this is one of my favorite movies, it does something to me everytime i watch it, a sort of fulfilment. I am going to buy the dvd. yeah for me!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first saw Song of Bernadette as a child and was captavated by this movie. This movie is for people of all ages whether you believe or not.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Song of Bernadette, starring Jennifer Jones, is an inspirational movie for people of all faiths. I love Lee J. Cobbs explaination, ''For those who believe, no explanation is needed. For those who don't, no explanation is possible''.