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The Song of Bernadette Details

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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 ([[Performer~P36139~Jennifer Jones~jenniferjones]]) 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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:December 25, 1943

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Anne Revere Best Supporting Actress 1943 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Gladys Cooper Best Supporting Actress 1943 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences James Basevi Best Black and White Art Direction 1943 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Jennifer Jones Best Actress 1943 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jennifer Jones Best Actress 1943 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences George Seaton Best Screenplay 1943 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Henry King Best Director 1943 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Henry King Best Director 1943 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Charles Bickford Best Supporting Actor 1943 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Arthur C. Miller Best Black and White Cinematography 1943 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Alfred Newman Best Score - Drama or Comedy 1943 Winner

Cast

Jennifer Jones
as Bernadette Soubirous
Charles Bickford
as Peyramaie Dean of Lourdes
Gladys Cooper
as Sister Vauzous
Vincent Price
as Dutour
Lee J. Cobb
as Dr. Dozous
Anne Revere
as Louise Soubirous
Blanche Yurka
as Bernarde Casterot
Mary Anderson
as Jeanne Abadie
William Eythe
as Antoine Nicolau
Edith Barrett
as Croisine Bouhouhorts
Aubrey Mather
as Lacade
Sig Rumann
as Louis Bouriette
Fortunio Bonanova
as Louis Napoleon III
Tala Birell
as Madame Bruat
Marcel Dalio
as Callet
Eula Morgan
as Mme. Nicolau
Jean del Val
as Estrade
Moroni Olsen
as Chaplain
Jerome Cowan
as Emperor Napoleon
Charles Dingle
as Jacomet
Geraldine Wall
as Nun
Harry Denny
as Priest
Pat Dillon
as Bouhouhorts' Boy
Alan Napier
as Psychiatrist
Ian Wolfe
as Minister of the Interior
Pedro de Cordoba
as Lecrampe
George Sorel
as Franciscan Monk
Harry Cording
as Stone Mason
Arthur Hohl
as Monk
Edward Van Sloan
as Doctor
Tom Stevenson
as Doctor
Frank Reicher
as Dr. St. Cyr
Patricia Morison
as Empress Eugenie
Edwin Stanley
as Mr. Jones
Hooper Atchley
as Policeman
Nestor Paiva
as Baker
Nana Bryant
as Convent Mother Superior
Charles Wagenheim
as Peasant
Lionel Braham
as Baron Massey
Linda Darnell
as The Virgin Mary (uncredited)
Eugene Borden
as Gendarme
Julian Rivero
as Dominican Monk
Roman Bohnen
as Francois Soubirous
Merrill Rodin
as Jean Soubirous
Dickie Moore
as Adolar
Fritz Leiber
as Monk
Mae Marsh
as Woman
Ruth Robinson
as Nun
Fred Essler
as Minister of Justice
Louis Mercier
as Huckster

Crew

Henry King
Director
William Perlberg
Producer
George Seaton
Screenwriter
Franz Werfel
Book Author
Arthur C. Miller
Cinematographer
Alfred Newman
Musical Direction/Supervision
Alfred Newman
Composer (Music Score)
James Basevi
Art Director
Rene Hubert
Costume Designer
Fred Sersen
Special Effects
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