In 1858 France, Bernadette, an adolescent peasant girl, has a vision of “a beautiful lady” in the city dump. She never claims it to be anything other than this, but the townspeople all assume it to be the virgin Mary. The pompous government officials think she is nuts.
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Bernadette Soubirous gets the Hollywood treatment here. And it works because of Jennifer Jones who's giving a stellar performance. She's never ridiculous, she's a simple child who's got visions. Like Joan of Arc. Recommended to movie lovers and psychiatrists.
One of the most profoundly moving films depicting the purity of faith you'll ever see. Jennifer Jones is a revelation in this role, and it's a privilege to witness such a performance in history. I will just single out one shot late in the film when she's left alone in a very tiny room to begin her new life of piety. The realization of her destiny hits her, and it's transcendent as she overflows, a Dreyer-like moment.
picked this up at a flea market, was worth it. It moved a bit slow, but I love films with religious themes, especially if they are about Saints/Nuns. Beautiful, first Jennifer Jones film as well she was perfect for the role
Jones gives probably her best performance here. A shame she never really came close to it the rest of her career, although I LOVE Portrait Of Jennie. This film is carried by excellent actors of the time, like Bickford, Price, and the always underrated Gladys Cooper. The story of religious persecution and close-mindedness to the faith of others still resonates today. A very moving film. True Hollywood classic. 5 stars
Audiences must have been enchanted by the fresh, young Jennifer Jones as Bernadette. With this performance and the Lubitsch comedy "Cluny Brown" in 1946, it was an auspicious start to what became a long, dull career, excepting "Beat The Devil" of course. Selznick standardized her right away. She didn't have a chance.
Luminescent and moving despite being a little too clean cut. Despite my disagreeable with the Saint phenomenon you can't help but be moved by the persecution through religious close-mindedness. Worth the praise indeed.